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Does including parasites upset food web theory? Yes and no, says new paper
A new paper in PLOS Biology this week shows that taking the unusual step of including parasites in ecological datasets does alter the structure of resulting food webs, but that's mostly due to an increase in diversity and complexity rather than the particular characteristics of parasites. (2013-06-14)
No good substitute for race in college admissions: Research
As the US Supreme Court decides in a case involving racial preferences in college admissions (Fisher v. (2013-06-13)
High diversity of flying reptiles in England 110 million years ago
Pterosaurs are an extinct group of flying reptiles that are only abundant in very few deposits. (2013-06-12)
Do parasites upset food web theory?
Parasites comprise a large proportion of the diversity of species in every ecosystem, but are rarely included in analyses or models of food webs. (2013-06-11)
Researcher sets out to better understand social cohesion
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have received 14 of the 27 Sapere Aude grants awarded by the Danish Council for Independent Research this year. (2013-06-08)
Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health
Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. (2013-06-07)
Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water, biologist finds
A researcher is discovering that the North American drought has caused dramatic changes in native fish communities. (2013-06-07)
A new scorpion species adds to the remarkable biodiversity of the Ecuadorian Andes
A new large-tail scorpion species has been discovered in the Ecuadorian Andes. (2013-06-05)
Smithsonian scientists discover that rainforests take the heat
Rainforests thrived during previous global warming events, say paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. (2013-05-30)
NIH researchers conduct first genomic survey of human skin fungal diversity
In the first study of human fungal skin diversity, National Institutes of Health researchers sequenced the DNA of fungi at skin sites of healthy adults to define the normal populations across the skin and to provide a framework for investigating fungal skin conditions. (2013-05-22)
Encouraging signs for bee biodiversity
Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study. (2013-05-21)
Archaeological genetics: It's not all as old as it at first seems
Genomic analyses suggest that patterns of genetic diversity which indicate population movement may not be as ancient as previously believed, but may be attributable to recent events. (2013-05-19)
Tiny water creepy crawlies from South Korea and the Russian Far East
Tiny and hard to notice for the human eye water mites are present almost every stream and in in every continent apart from Antarctica. (2013-05-15)
Invasion of the slugs -- halted by worms...
The gardener's best friend, the earthworm, is great at protecting leaves from being chomped by slugs, suggests research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology. (2013-05-12)
Pushing the boundaries of transcription
Like musicians in an orchestra who have the same musical score but start and finish playing at different intervals, cells with the same genes start and finish transcribing them at different points in the genome. (2013-04-25)
New research constructs ant family tree
Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the higher species numbers in the tropics, but these hypotheses have never been tested for the ants, which are one of the most ecologically and numerically dominant groups of animals on the planet. (2013-04-22)
Keystone Symposia announces grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Keystone Symposia has received a grant from the Alfred P. (2013-04-16)
Penn research shows that young children have grammar and chimpanzees don't
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as two understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults. (2013-04-10)
Diversity programs give illusion of corporate fairness, study shows
Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to new findings by psychologists at the University of Washington and other universities. (2013-04-03)
Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft. (2013-04-02)
The splendid Skadar Lake (Montenegro and Albania), surprises with new species of snails
The Skadar Lake system at the border of Montenegro and Albania is a well-known hotspot of freshwater biodiversity and harbors a highly diverse mollusc fauna. (2013-03-29)
Peru surprises with 2 new amazing species of woodlizards
Two new beautifully coloured woodlizard species from the genus Enyalioides have been discovered during expeditions to the unexplored jungles of Cordillera Azul National Park in the Peruvian Andes. (2013-03-20)
9 new wasp species of the genus Paramblynotus described from Africa and Madagascar
A detailed revision of the Afrotropical liopterid wasp subfamily Mayrellinae, published in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research, reveals nine new species in the genus Paramblynotus coming from Africa and a first time record in Madagascar. (2013-03-18)
Marine diversity study proves value of citizen science
Citizen science surveys compare well with traditional scientific methods when it comes to monitoring species biodiversity - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. (2013-03-12)
SAGE reference titles and online library resources honored by Library Journal
SAGE Reference titles and online library resources continue to receive recognition for their excellence. (2013-03-07)
When food is scarce, a smaller brain will do
A new study explains how young brains are protected when nutrition is poor. (2013-03-07)
Good bacteria may expunge vancomycin-resistant bacteria from your gut
Too much antibiotic can decimate the normal intestinal microbiota, which may never recover its former diversity. (2013-02-27)
Little did we know about beetle diversity: Astonishing 138 new species in a single genus
Researchers in Santa Barbara, California have described in a single paper 138 new species in a genus of tropical beetles. (2013-02-20)
Climate change effect on plant communities is buffered by large herbivores, new research suggests
Can existing ecological communities persist intact as temperatures rise? A news study suggests that the answer to this question may have as much to do with the biological interactions that shape communities as with the effects of climate change itself. (2013-02-19)
Dogs spot the dog
Dogs pick out faces of other dogs, irrespective of breeds, among human and other domestic and wild animal faces and can group them into a category of their own. (2013-02-14)
Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity
Researchers have shown that part of Australia's rich plant diversity was wiped out by the ice ages, proving that extinction, instead of evolution, influences biodiversity. (2013-02-12)
US Supreme Court under the microscope
Although the current Supreme Court has been criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history, according to a new study that borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity. (2013-02-11)
Pirate-like flies connect symbiosis to diversity
After a year of studying up close the symbiotic relationship between a mosquito-sized bug and a fungus, a Simon Fraser University biologist has advanced the scientific understanding of biological diversity. (2013-02-06)
Mixed forest provides beneficial effects
Forestry and nature conservation can benefit from promoting more different varieties of trees, according to a new study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, were involved. (2013-01-30)
Study of human specimen collections in the US offers first look at their huge diversity
Biobanks are organizations that collect, store and share human specimens (e.g., blood, solid tissues, hair) for research purposes. (2013-01-28)
Organizing human specimen collections: Getting the best out of biobanks
The diversity of biobanks, collections of human specimens from a variety of sources, raises questions about the best way to manage and govern them, finds a study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Medicine. (2013-01-24)
Key elements in preventing homophobic bullying in schools
How are non-heterosexual people affected by discrimination endured in the school environment due to their affective-sexual orientation? (2013-01-23)
First fossil bird with teeth specialized for tough diet
Beak shape variation in Darwin's finches is a classic example of evolutionary adaptation, with beaks that vary widely in proportions and shape, reflecting a diversity of ecologies. (2013-01-07)
Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria
Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. (2013-01-04)
Amazon deforestation brings loss of microbial communities
An international team of microbiologists led by Klaus Nüsslein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that a troubling net loss in diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem is accompanying deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. (2012-12-24)
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