Professor examines effects of climate change on coral reefs, shellfish

Professor is studying how a variety of marine organisms are responding to changes in their environment. Focusing on reef-building corals and other shelled creatures...

Scientists explore the evolution of a ‘social supergene’ in the red fire ant

The chromosome responsible for the social organization of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event...

Unlocking crop diversity by manipulating plant sex

Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted...

Scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new lines of broccoli, potentially doubling crop production

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks....

Seven new species of night frogs from India including four miniature forms

Scientists from India have discovered seven new frog species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs. This find is a result...

Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait

Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers. A comparison...

Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

Over many thousands of years, farmers have bred maize varieties so the crops are optimally adapted to local environments. A new study, published Feb. 6...

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change

Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most...

Bee decline threatens US crop production

The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.

Using historical herbarium specimens to track heavy metal pollution in the eastern United States

Plant specimens stored in herbaria are being used to explore important ecological questions. Researchers have now shown the effectiveness of herbarium specimens of herbaceous...

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