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Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:56:11 EDT ~ In a vulnerable forest in southeastern Brazil, where the air was once thick with the guttural chatter of brown howler monkeys, there now exists silence. Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys. Find out more...

Pollination mystery unlocked by bee researchers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:45:14 EDT ~ Bees latch on to similarly-sized nectarless flowers to unpick pollen like keys fitting into locks, scientists have discovered. Find out more...

Scientists follow seeds to solve ecological puzzle

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:22:26 EDT ~ A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a 'subsidized species,' given cover for nocturnal forays by European beachgrass, originally planted to stabilize the dunes. Find out more...

New species discovered: Protist parasites contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:38:27 EDT ~ Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth. Thousands of animal and plant species live there. The smaller microbial protists, which are not visible to the naked eye, are also native to these forests, where they live in the soils and elsewhere. A team of researchers has examined them more closely by analyzing their DNA. They discovered many unknown species, including many parasites, which may contribute to the stability of rainforest ecosystems. Find out more...

New species of terrestrial crab found climbing on trees in Hong Kong

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:25:57 EDT ~ A new species of terrestrial crab has been found to climb trees on the eastern coast of Hong Kong. Its squarish predominantly dark brown carapace and very long slender legs are what sets it apart from closely related species. The discovery of the tiny crustacean once again proves how little is known about the diversity of these crabs in Hong Kong. Find out more...

Team nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expression

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:51 EDT ~ Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes. Find out more...

From entanglement to invasions of alien species: the harm caused by marine litter

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:26:57 EDT ~ Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact. Find out more...

Big bat find in Albertas boreal forest

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:20:04 EDT ~ Biologists have announced the discovery last month of the largest Alberta bat hibernation site (based on estimated bat count) ever recorded outside of the Rocky Mountains. Find out more...

Mating mix-up with wrong fly lowers libido for Mr. Right

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:04:54 EDT ~ If you've ever suffered a nightmare date and were hesitant to try again, fruit flies can relate. Female flies that have been coerced into sex by invasive males of the wrong species are less likely to reproduce with their own kind later. Invasive species are known to threaten native biodiversity by bringing in diseases, preying on resident species or outcompeting them for food. But these results show invasives pose a risk through unwelcome advances, too. Find out more...

Phosphate is vital for best crop yields, but global supply is limited, could peak in 30 years

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:23:27 EDT ~ Scientists have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant's roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited global supply. The nutrient, phosphate, makes it to the plant's roots, helping the plant increase its yield. Find out more...