A closer look at the GM debate
New mild onions offer great taste, long shelf life
(Phys.org) —Cornell researchers have developed new mild onions that will have chefs crying – tears of joy. Twelve years in development and with a couple years of testing to go, researchers say it will ...
Targeted action needed to protect waterbirds
(Phys.org) —Researchers from our Biodiversity Lab have identified specific areas around the world where conservation efforts could best be targeted to safeguard inland-breeding waterbirds.
Doctoral student sheds light on Asian bird's migration patterns
(Phys.org) —An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 ...
Endangered Sumatran elephant born in captivity
A baby Sumatran elephant peeps out timidly from between the legs of its mother at an Indonesian zoo, where her birth has given a boost to the critically endangered animal.
Texas wildlife center works to save nearly extinct bird
Like a preening Texas cowboy strutting his stuff on a barroom dance floor, the testosterone-stoked little guy is doing his best to attract a cute hen.
The ethics of resurrecting extinct species
(Phys.org) —At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
The equine Adam lived fairly recently: Close relationships among modern stallions
In mammals, an individual's sex is determined by the chromosomes it inherits from its parents. Two X chromosomes lead to a female, whereas one X and one Y lead to a male. Y chromosomes are only passed from fathers to sons, ...
Disease-resistant tomatoes fight lethal pests
In the battle against thrips, Cornell breeder Martha Mutschler-Chu has developed a new weapon: a tomato that packs a powerful one-two punch to deter the pests and counter the killer viruses they transmit.
National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang is artificially inseminated
They closely monitored her hormone levels, watched her behavior to make sure the time was right and set up a quiet night with a mate.
Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction
Conservationists want to make sure Peter Cottontail is around for many Easters to come.
Researchers track down gene responsible for short stature of dwarf pearl millet
While pearl millet is a major food staple in some of the fastest growing regions on Earth, relatively little is known about the drought-hardy grain.
Novel way plants pass traits to next generation found: Inheritance behavior in corn breaks accepted rules of genetics
New research explains how certain traits can pass down from one generation to the next – at least in plants – without following the accepted rules of genetics.
Superfast plant breeding slashes production times, research finds
(Phys.org) —Many plant breeding projects - such as those aiming to increase food production - depend on getting 'pure lines' of plants but this can take a lot of time as, up until now, it depended on self-pollination ...