Work with baker's yeast has implications for ecology
A physicist, a mathematician, and an economist walk into a bakery. It sounds like the opening of a witty one-liner, but for Jeff Gore, the Latham Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics at ...
Using the unique spectral signature of guano to identify unknown seabird colonies
Scientists have discovered that penguin and seabird poo (guano) from colonies around the Antarctic Peninsula has a unique spectral signature that can be identified from satellite imagery. The results are ...
You are what you eat—if you're a coral reef fish
In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators.
Warming world may spell bad news for honey bees
Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite -now found worldwide - is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published ...
Owner of ship that damaged reef to pay $840,000
The federal government and the state of Hawaii have reached an agreement for damages from the owner of a cargo ship that harmed more than 100,000 coral colonies several years ago when it ran aground off Oahu.
Can stress management help save honeybees?
Honeybee populations are clearly under stress—from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors—but it's been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devast ...
Florida harvester ants regularly relocate
Florida harvester ants move and construct a similar subterranean nest about once a year, according to a study published November 19, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Walter Tschinkel from Florid ...
Ant behavior might shed insight on problems facing electronics design
Michael Hsiao plans to harness swarm intelligence based on the efficient behavior of ants. Why would this matter?
Proving 'group selection': Spider colonies need the correct mix of personalities to survive
Along rivers in Tennessee and Georgia, scientists have been studying brownish-orange spiders, called Anelosimus studiosus, that make cobwebby nests "anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of a V ...
Hadza foragers say hungry honeyguides lead them to more honey
Hadza hunter-gatherers of northern Tanzania have developed a deep and mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Honeyguide bird, which, as its name indicates, leads people to sources of wild honey. ...
18th century brewery remains found at Va. college
College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.
Bacterial communication considered for medical applications
A local microbiologist has been working on an alternative to antibiotics, which tend to encourage resistant bacterial strains to develop over time.
Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry
The next time you tuck into a salad, thank a honeybee.
A touching story: The ancient conversation between plants, fungi and bacteria
The mechanical force that a single fungal cell or bacterial colony exerts on a plant cell may seem vanishingly small, but it plays a heavy role in setting up some of the most fundamental symbiotic relationships in biology. ...