Researchers collaborate to save the Tasmanian devil
An American zoo is partnering with an Australian university to save the Tasmanian devil in the wild.
Seed-filled buoys may help restore diverse sea meadows in San Francisco Bay
A pearl net filled with seedpods, tethered by a rope anchored in the coastal mud but swaying with the tide, could be an especially effective way to restore disappearing marine meadows of eelgrass, according ...
Researchers shed new light on the genetic history of the European beaver
An international team of scientists has used detailed analysis of ancient and modern DNA to show that the distribution and lack of genetic diversity among modern European beavers is due largely to human hunting.
'Severe reduction' in killer whale numbers during last Ice Age
Whole genome sequencing has revealed a global fall in the numbers of killer whales during the last Ice Age, at a time when ocean productivity may have been widely reduced, according to researchers at Durham ...
Genes shed light on pygmy history
Scientists on Tuesday said they could fill a blank in the history of Central Africa's pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world.
Extinct Elephant Seal population reveals an evolutionary 'time-machine'
(Phys.org) —Genetic diversity within isolated populations can occur quite rapidly in evolutionary terms, according to findings of a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
JIC scientists have discovered that changing temperatures can have a big effect on resistance to yellow rust, one of the most serious diseases of wheat.
Regulating biodiversity in India and Nepal
In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties ...
Gene immigration continues despite fragmented landscapes
Human activity like clearing land for agriculture and mining does not threaten the ability of some plants to share genes via pollen carried by birds.
Mutations in the mantled howler provoked by disturbances in its habitat
The disturbances of the habitat could be affecting the populations of the mantled howler, or golden-mantled howling monkey, (Alouatta palliate Mexicana) who in an extreme case could be developing mutations ...
Ensuring cow diversity
Plant breeders hunting for genes to combat new diseases or adapt to changes in climate can plumb the vast diversity of crops and their wild relatives using envelopes of seed banked in cold storage, but cattle breeders are ...
Startling genetic similarity in tammar wallabies
A national genome study into island populations of the tammar wallaby has revealed a startling level of genetic similarity between males on Garden Island.
Sea turtle's DNA records human exploitation
(Phys.org) —Endangered and iconic sea turtles have a record in their DNA pointing to loss of genetic diversity caused by recent human exploitation, a Flinders University study has revealed for the first ...
Fungal sex can generate new drug resistant, virulent strains
Though some might disagree, most biologists think the purpose of sex is to create diversity among offspring. Such diversity underpins evolution, enabling organisms to acquire new combinations of traits to ...