News tagged with plant ecology

How stick insects handle indigestive food

Plant cell walls are comprised of many complex polymers that require multiple different enzymes to fully break down, such as cellulase to digest cellulose and xylanase to digest xylan. For decades scientists thought only ...

dateMar 10, 2016 in Biotechnology
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How to handle zeroes in ecological data

The analysis of ecological data can be a difficult endeavor. Ecological data are noisy: some days are windy, some days are hotter than usual, sometimes ants chew through your carefully placed flagging tape, and sometimes ...

dateFeb 16, 2016 in Ecology
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Maternal experience brings an evolutionary advantage

Using a species of butterfly as an example, researchers from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel have demonstrated how insects adapt their offspring to changing environmental conditions. The ...

dateSep 22, 2015 in Ecology
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Playing tag with sugars in the cornfield

Sugars are usually known as energy storage units in plants and the insects that feed on them. But, sugars may also be part of a deadly game of tag between plant and insect according to scientists at the Max Planck Institute ...

dateSep 25, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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