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Reducing the Japanese beetle population

On an overcast morning in May, 15 people sit on bales of hay in a semi-circle while listening to Ana Legrand, an assistant extension professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. ...

dateJun 19, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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African vultures declining at a critical rate

An international team of researchers, including leading scientists from the University of St Andrews, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of York, say African vultures are likely to qualify as 'Critically ...

dateJun 19, 2015 in Ecology
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Tiger-spray DNA shown as valuable conservation tool

Conservation scientists have demonstrated a new technique to non-invasively survey tigers using their scent sprays, which are detected much more frequently in the wild than scat—the "breadcrumb" that researchers ...

dateJun 18, 2015 in Ecology
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Sequencing Ebola's secrets

Last June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical ...

dateJun 18, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Origins of the Hawaiian hoary bat revealed

A Grand Valley State University biology professor and her team of scientists have determined new information about an endangered species in the U.S., which could impact its protection under the Endangered Species Act.

dateJun 18, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Unknown midge mystery solved

Revisiting original types and DNA analysis exposed hidden diversity in minute non-biting midges. Two species new to science were discovered and one misapprehended species was removed by following the traces ...

dateJun 18, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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