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April 28, 2016

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April 28, 2016

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers working on the African flowering plant genus Macowania -- mostly endemic to the Drakensberg of South Africa and Lesotho, and a relative of the sunflower -- have shown that one of its ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Tree species that can withstand stress to the water-transport system that carries water from the roots to the crown are less susceptible to drought and massive die-off. The findings could help ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a new study ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Modelling software and satellite imagery can be used to rapidly predict the movements of endangered species in remote or inaccessible regions, a study shows. Scientists used the images and software ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Queen and worker ants develop from the same sets of genes, but perform completely different ecological roles. How the same genes result in two types of individuals is an ongoing mystery. In the past, ... read more

Copper Sulfate Found to Be Toxic to Stingless Bees

Apr. 12, 2016 — Copper sulfate, which is used as an organic fungicide and as fertilizer, is toxic to an important bee pollinator known as Friesella schrottkyi, Brazilian researchers have ... read more

New Way to Smell a Rat Means End for Rodents

Apr. 11, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new way to exterminate rats by identifying and synthetically replicating the male brown rat's sex pheromone. The chemical is a powerful attractant for luring female ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Innovators have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus.The 10-month study, ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — Harnessing an invasive fish species sounded like a promising conservation tool to help reverse the destruction wreaked by zebra mussels on endangered native mollusks in the Great Lakes -- except that ... read more

Banned EU Pesticide Affects Learning of Honeybees but Not Bumblebees

Apr. 6, 2016 — A banned EU pesticide affects the learning of honeybees but not bumblebees, scientists have discovered. This has important implications for global regulatory assessments because they generally use ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Urban gardeners have the potential to contribute to ecosystem services by growing a diverse array of plants that could benefit wildlife. In Chicago, African American, Chinese-origin, and ... read more

Commercial Bumble Bee Industry Amplified a Fungal Pathogen of Bees, Study Suggest

Apr. 4, 2016 — Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees. ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — Little did the scientists expect to discover a new species in Germany's Alexander Koenig Museum's garden upon placing a malaise trap for testing purposes. However, not only did an unknown ... read more

Global Carnivore Conservation at Risk, New Report Shows

Apr. 4, 2016 — Shrinking habitat and increased conflict are projected in regions critical to survival of threatened apex predators, a new report shows. Carnivores include some of the most iconic species that help ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — Agricultural expansion in Brazil's Cerrado is quickly chewing up rainforests and savannas -- even altering the region's water cycle, a new study ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — Interspecific transfers of viruses between the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the eastern honey bee (Apis cerana) are rare, even if honey bees are kept in close proximity, new research ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Cropland recycles less water into the atmosphere than native vegetation in Brazil's wooded savannas, which could lead to less rain in the region as agriculture expands, a new study ... read more

New Tumbleweed Species Rapidly Expanding Range

Mar. 31, 2016 — Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — A new study on how the West Nile virus evolves in four species of mosquitos shows that viruses accumulate mutations in their insect carriers that reduce how well they reproduce when passed on to a ... read more

Harlequin Ladybirds Are Conquering the World at Great Speed

Mar. 31, 2016 — The arrival and subsequent dramatic increase in the number of the invasive alien harlequin ladybird in many countries has been met with considerable trepidation by the scientific community. 'The ... read more

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