Microbes help beetles defeat plant defenses
Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who ...
Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
Study shows monogamous birds can read partner's food desires
New research shows that male Eurasian Jays in committed relationships are able to share food with their female partner according to her current desire.
Honey bees fight back against Varroa
The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major contributor to the recent mysterious death of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biolog ...
Taking over the oceans: Adult fish characteristics predict a species' dispersal
As fish disperse to find new habitats, scientists have developed a new model to judge a species' success in colonising new places. The study has shown some surprising results, suggesting that success can ...
Ants and carnivorous plants conspire for mutualistic feeding
An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients, according to research published May 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathias Scharmann and co ...
Asian Long-Horned Beetle eradicated from Canada
Canada has eradicated the destructive Asian Long-Horned Beetle first detected in the Toronto area a decade ago after hitching a ride across the Pacific in wood packaging materials.
Dance of water molecules turns fire-colored beetles into antifreeze artists
Certain plants and animals protect themselves against temperatures below freezing with antifreeze proteins. How the larva of the beetle Dendroides canadensis manages to withstand temperatures down to -30 ...
Wake up and smell the reef: Fish larvae sniff their way back home
How tiny fish larvae travel away from the reef, then know how to navigate their way back home is a scientific mystery.
Researchers identify the metabolic products of foulbrood pathogen in honeybees
Infections with American foulbrood can destroy entire bee populations. A team of German and Dutch researchers has now isolated metabolic products of the pathogen that causes it, Paenibacillus larvae. The ...
Insecticide causes changes in honeybee genes, research finds
(Phys.org) —New research by academics at The University of Nottingham has shown that exposure to a neonicotinoid insecticide causes changes to the genes of the honeybee.
Boat noise stops fish finding home
(Phys.org) —Boat noise disrupts orientation behaviour in larval coral reef fish, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Liège. Reef fish are normally attracted by reef sound ...
Carbon nanotubes found to be toxic to aquatic animals
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are some of the strongest materials on Earth and are used to strengthen composite materials, such as those used in high-performance tennis rackets. CNTs have potential uses in everything from medicine ...
Jumpy caterpillar shies the Sun (w/ Video)
The larva of a Vietnamese moth has devised a unique form of transport—constructing a leaf cone and thrashing about inside to make it jump, a study showed Wednesday.