A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked
The study found that the finches' fearful responses - known as antipredator behaviour - were sustained through multiple generations after the threat was gone, which could have detrimental consequences for their survival.
2 hours ago ⋅ Journal of Animal Ecology
Directed evolution and smart plants: Lehman College researcher reimagines the future of biology
Synthetic biology is here to stay and will transform agriculture if given the chance.
19 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Plants
New study shows agency plans inadequate to protect endangered animals from climate change
The study included a rapid assessment of the climate change sensitivity of 459 U.S. animal species listed as endangered under the ESA, based on a series of eight criteria related to the potential effect of climate change on each species’ habitat, ecology, physiology, and life cycle.
19 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Climate Change
Yellowstone’s migrating bison manipulate springtime green-up
In fact, with every blade of grass that bison bite off and swallow, they are fundamentally manipulating the landscape to maintain the best forage for themselves.
18 Nov 2019 ⋅ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Scientists uncover resistance genes for deadly ash tree disease
Genomic basis of European ash tree resistance to ash dieback fungus.
18 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Ecology & Evolution
The little duck that could
Study finds endangered Hawaiian duck endures.
18 Nov 2019 ⋅ Molecular Ecology
Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.
15 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Communications
Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
Many reef fish can use mangroves as an alternative nursery habitat to the reef.
15 Nov 2019 ⋅ PLOS Biology
Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move to land
New study shows that gene transfer from bacteria to algae allowed early life to move from water to land.
14 Nov 2019 ⋅ Cell
DNA data offers scientific look at 500 years of extramarital sex in Western Europe
Researchers have put DNA evidence together with long-term genealogical data to explore similar questions of biological fatherhood on a broad scale among people living in parts of Western Europe over the last 500 years.
14 Nov 2019 ⋅ Current Biology