A race against pine: Wood-boring wasp in North America threatened by a Eurasian invader

  • January 22, 2018
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    Invasive species have diverse impacts in different locations, including biodiversity loss, as a result of native species being outcompeted for similar resources. A U.S. research team, led by Dr. Ann Hajek, Cornell University, studied the case of an aggressive Eurasian woodwasp that has recently established in North America and poses a threat to a native species. […]

    Researchers find post-fire logging harms Spotted owls

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    Wildlife ecologists studying the rare Spotted owl in the forests of California have discovered that large, intense wildfires are not responsible for the breeding territory extinction that has been reported recently. Instead, the researchers found that post-fire logging operations, which are common on both private and national forest lands, were in fact causing the declines […]

    A primer in access and benefit-sharing for DNA barcoders

  • January 17, 2018
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    New open access book provides essential background for molecular biodiversity researchers on international policy regarding use and transfer of genetic materials Molecular biology approaches, such as DNA barcoding, have become part of the standard toolkit for a growing number of biodiversity researchers and practitioners, with an increasing scope of applications in important areas, such as environmental […]

    Named after Stanley Kubrick, a new species of frog is a ‘clockwork orange’ of nature

  • January 16, 2018
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    Two new treefrog species were discovered in the Amazon Basin of Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. Both had been previously misidentified as another superficially identical species. Curiously, one of them received a name translating to ‘demon’ or ‘devil’. The second one was named in honor of famous American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, because of his masterpiece A […]

    Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

  • January 11, 2018
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    In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that protruded from the “head” like an angled beak, the arachnid bore a striking resemblance to a tiny pelican. A few decades later when living pelican spiders were discovered in Madagascar, arachnologists learned that their […]

    Three new species of zoantharians described from coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific

  • January 5, 2018
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    One of them was named after the president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, in honour of his and the nation’s support to the authors and marine conservation Three new species of zoantharians were discovered by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Kagoshima University, Japan, and the Palau International Coral Reef Center. Despite not being previously known, all three […]