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Pollen collected by US honey bees in urban settings shows dramatic seasonal variation
The diversity and availability of pollen foraged by honey bees across urban and suburban areas in the US varies drastically with the seasons, according to a study published June 12, 2019 in PLOS ONE by Juliana Rangel from Texas A&M University, USA, and colleagues. (2019-06-12)
How to improve care for patients with disabilities? We need more providers like them
When it comes to patients with disabilities, the chance of getting a clinician 'like them' is extremely low, which may lead to patients' reluctance to seek care or follow prescribed interventions and treatments. (2019-06-10)
Study: Underrepresented faculty play an uneven role in advancing diversity and inclusion
A team of researchers at Colorado State surveyed faculty members from ecology and evolutionary biology programs at universities across the United States and found that while most respondents reported engaging in diversity and inclusion activities, those who participated in these activities at the highest levels were more likely to identify themselves as non-white, non-male or the first generation in their family to attend college. (2019-06-03)
New research shows how habitat loss can destabilise ecosystems
Habitat loss is the leading cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. (2019-05-31)
Politicians walk the walk, when it comes to financial investments
For the most part, politicians do put their money where their mouths are. (2019-05-31)
How can organizations promote and benefit from socioeconomic diversity?
A new white paper has been published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. (2019-05-30)
Infection biology: Signs of selection in the stomach
Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. (2019-05-24)
First comprehensive network of wild crop species will help breeders tackle food insecurity
The first comprehensive network of sites where crop wild relatives are found has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. (2019-05-23)
Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species
What effects does climate change have on the genetic diversity of living organisms? (2019-05-23)
Surprise: The survival of coral reefs hinges on the hidden lives of the sea's tiniest fishes
The survival of coral reef ecosystems and their menagerie of rainbowed residents relies on seldom seen, historically overlooked cryptobenthic reef fishes -- the smallest of marine vertebrates. (2019-05-23)
Initially threatened by change, people adapt to societal diversity over time
With time, people can adapt to societal diversity and actually benefit from it, according to a study led by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Oxford. (2019-05-23)
Mapping the global distribution of phytoplankton
Researchers at ETH have charted the distribution of phytoplankton in the world's oceans for the first time and investigated the environmental factors that explain this distribution. (2019-05-22)
Climate change has long-term impact on species adaptability
Historic climate change events can have a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of a species, reveals a new study on the alpine marmot. (2019-05-20)
The global invasion routes of the red swamp crayfish, described based on genetics
A study led by researchers at the Doñana Biological Station of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in collaboration with institutions in Europe, America and Asia, has identified the main introduction routes of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, during its global-scale invasion. (2019-05-16)
Warming climate threatens microbes in alpine streams, new research shows
Changes to alpine streams fed by glaciers and snowfields due to a warming climate threaten to dramatically alter the types of bacteria and other microbes in those streams, according to new research. (2019-05-15)
Like a lot of things, women's gut microbiomes appear to mature earlier than men's
A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome. (2019-05-14)
The origins of neuronal diversity in the developing mouse brain
They way neural progenitor cells produce more daughter cells, of different types, shifts with the individual neuroprogenitor's development, according to a new study of mouse brains. (2019-05-09)
New avenues for improving modern wheat
Since the Agricultural Revolution about 12,000 years ago, humans have been selectively breeding plants with desirable traits such as high grain yield and disease resistance. (2019-05-08)
The quiet loss of knowledge threatens indigenous communities
Most of the knowledge that indigenous communities in South America have about plants is not written down. (2019-05-02)
Narwhals have endured a million years with low genetic diversity, and they're thriving
Danish researchers have sequenced the genome of a narwhal, the Arctic whale famous for the horn-like tusk protruding from its forehead. (2019-05-01)
Latitudinal gradient of plant phylogenetic diversity explained
The most discussed global pattern of species diversity along the latitudinal gradient has now an evolutionary explanation: museum vs cradle hypothesis broken into pieces. (2019-04-26)
Researchers detail marine viruses from pole to pole
New research provides the most complete account to date of the viruses that impact the world's oceans, increasing the number of known virus populations tenfold. (2019-04-25)
Policies valuing cultural diversity improve minority students' sense of belonging
Psychology researchers exploring the belonging and achievement of middle school students found valuing cultural diversity reduces achievement gaps over the course of a year, while policies that favor colorblindness and assimilation led to wider achievement gaps. (2019-04-24)
Meet Callichimaera perplexa, the platypus of crabs
The crab family just got a bunch of new cousins -- including a 95-million-year-old chimera species that will force scientists to rethink the definition of a crab. (2019-04-24)
Bacteria reveal strong individuality when navigating a maze
Researchers from ETH Zurich demonstrate that genetically identical cells exhibit differing responses in their motility towards chemical attractants. (2019-04-23)
Precise decoding of breast cancer cells creates new option for treatment
Researchers at the University of Zurich and from IBM Research have investigated the vary-ing composition of cancer and immune cells in over one hundred breast tumors. (2019-04-15)
Multiple Denisovan-related ancestries in Papuans
Researchers examined DNA fragments passed down from Neanderthals and Denisovans to modern people living in Island Southeast Asia and New Guinea and found: the ancestry of Papuans includes not just one but two distinct Denisovan lineages, which had been separated from each other for hundreds of thousands of years. (2019-04-11)
Conservationists clash over ways forward despite sharing 'core aims', study finds
Latest research reveals rifts within global conservation movement while confirming support for aims underpinning it. (2019-04-09)
Evolution imposes 'speed limit' on recovery after mass extinctions
It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among scientists. (2019-04-08)
Plant diversity increases insect diversity
The more plant species live in grasslands and forests, the more insect species find a habitat there. (2019-04-08)
Saffron comes from Attica -- origin of the saffron crocus traced back to Greece
Crocus sativus, a small plain purple flower with three bright red stigmas, not unlike the crocus flowers which seem omnipresent in springtime, only much more valuable. (2019-04-02)
Colder temperatures foster greater microbial diversity on amphibian skin
A far-reaching global study led by University of Colorado Boulder scientists has found that climate is a critical determinant of microbial diversity on amphibian skin, with colder, more variable temperatures producing richer bacterial communities than warmer, more stable environments. (2019-03-27)
Duckweed: The low-down on a tiny plant
An international research team led by researchers from the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (both Germany) have found why the giant duckweed has a low genetic diversity despite its large population size: low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity. (2019-03-26)
In the tree of life, youth has its advantages
New research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows younger groups of organisms, on average, accumulate diversity much more quickly than older groups. (2019-03-26)
New paper on the phylogeny of the Brassicaceae
A recent study from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, published in the New Phytologist, helps resolve these issues by reporting new insights into the relationships among Brassicaceae species (2019-03-25)
How tree diversity regulates invading forest pests
Relationships between tree diversity and pest diversity follow a hump-shaped curve. (2019-03-25)
How tree diversity affects invasive forest pests
A broad-scale study of US forest data suggests a significant -- but not simple -- relationship between the number of native tree species and the number of nonnative forest pests. (2019-03-25)
A social bacterium with versatile habits
Related individuals of a soil bacterial species live in cooperative groups and exhibit astonishing genetic and behavioral diversity. (2019-03-22)
Otago discovery paves way for precision medicine in future
University of Otago scientists have discovered a way to view the immune cell 'landscape' of bowel cancer tumours, paving the way towards more individualised medicine and treatment for many other diseases in future. (2019-03-21)
Western bias in human genetic studies is 'both scientifically damaging and unfair'
Despite efforts to include diversity in research, people of European ancestry continue to be vastly overrepresented and ethnically diverse populations largely excluded from human genomics research, according to the authors of a commentary published March 21 in a special issue of the journal Cell on human genetics. (2019-03-21)
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