How do animals and plants survive and thrive in cities?

Urban ecology is a growing research field. To find orientation in the information jungle on this topic, a team led by IGB and Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) has created a map of 62 important research hypotheses in ...

Insects have more complex immune systems than previously thought

Humans and other vertebrates (like mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians) have complex, multi-faceted immune systems that protect us from a constant barrage of bugs and other nasties. But what about insects and other ...

The phenotypic costs of animal captivity

Animals bred in captivity can experience significant changes to their bodies, behavior and health, which affects their chances of survival when they're released into the wild, a new review from The Australian National University ...

Learning to better understand the language of algae

Can algae talk? "Well, although they don't have any mouth or ears, algae still communicate with their own kind and with other organisms in their surroundings. They do this with volatile organic substances they release into ...

When does resistance to toxins evolve in animals?

Does a snake die when it bites its lip? Why will a mongoose survive a scorpion's sting, but we humans perish? These questions occupied the minds of toxin-enthusiasts and Master's students in Biology Jory van Thiel and Roel ...

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