Ecology & Zoology

Fighting The Yellow Dragon – The War To Save Florida Citrus

This is the first of a series of articles on Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening Disease) that is devastating Florida. Subsequent articles will explore its causes, effects and potential cures.   ...

Article - Kevin M. Folta - Mar 7 2017 - 6:37pm

When Fathers Are Involved, Parental Care Gets A Lot More Elaborate

Let's be honest, most human dads do less work raising the kids than human moms. That's not true in all species, though. In a few, fathers care for their developing embryos more than mothers, and biologists speculated that this paternal devotion h ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 1 2017 - 9:31am

Bee Experts Challenge Environmental Claim That Wild Bees Are Near Extinction

Colony Collapse Disorder, the belief that honeybees, an important pollinator, are being killed off in droves, has been good for environmental fundraising but hasn't had a scientific foundation. Nonetheless, it has persisted for 10 years despite data s ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Apr 5 2017 - 2:39pm

Kuphus Polythalamia: Giant Sulfur-Powered Shipworm Is The Stuff Of Science Fiction

A newly named species, a giant, black, mud dwelling, worm-like animal, doesn't seem to eat much, instead it gets its energy from a form of sulfur.  The public is often confused what 'discovery' means in science. It means it is being identifi ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 17 2017 - 3:16pm

Ravens Plan Ahead

In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like huma ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 15 2017 - 10:31am

The Myth Of The “Bee-pocalypse”

Should we ban cars because of their potential to crash? Or stop selling painkillers in case someone takes too many? If we take the logic the EU applies to regulating pesticides, then the answer should be a resounding “yes”. Thankfully, EU lawmakers have lo ...

Article - Howard Minigh - Aug 30 2017 - 3:34pm

Predicting How Plant Species Might Respond To Climate Change

Though CO2 emissions have plummeted in the United States, as developing nations achieve prosperity they will want air conditioners, sanitation and food- and those all require energy. They sure are not going to let already wealthy nations tell them they mus ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 5 2017 - 6:30am

How Plants Sense The World

Plants somehow respond to environmental cues and dangers, especially virulent pathogens, despite a lack of eyes or ears. How is that possible? It's thanks to hundreds of membrane proteins that can sense microbes or other stresses, but only a small po ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 20 2018 - 12:05pm

The Real Risks Of A 'Natural' Dog Diet

Just as many people are trying to eat less processed food to improve their health, some dog owners are turning away from conventional pet food. Instead they’re trying to get back to what they see as a more traditional “butcher’s dog” diet of raw meat, alb ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 26 2018 - 6:58am

Don't Trust Government To Deliver Welfare Standards For Chickens

Claims of secret meetings and manipulation of the policy agenda. A split in government ranks, and threats to withdraw from a national review. It’s all just part and parcel of the latest round in the development of Australian animal welfare standards and g ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 11 2018 - 6:46pm