How did Florida fail to respond to a coral disease epizootic and what’s to follow?

IMAGE: A colony of the large grooved brain coral, Colpophyllia natans, infected by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The photo shows the progressive, rapid advance of disease, left-to-right, across the colony…. view more  Credit: William Precht By 2020, massive losses of large populations of corals have been observed throughout Florida and into the greater Caribbean basin. […]

Common pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night’s sleep

Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, suggests research by academics at the University of Bristol. Two studies by scientists at Bristol’s Schools of Physiology, Pharmacology and […]

Study shows how network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research led by BirdLife International, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and British Antarctic Survey highlights how a proposed network of marine protected areas could help safeguard some of the most important areas at sea for breeding Antarctic penguins. The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, show that if all […]

Genetic rewiring behind spectacular evolutionary explosion in East Africa

IMAGE: Sampling cichlid fish tissues for genome and transcriptome sequencing in Tanzania and Zanzibar Archipelago. Tilapia and haplochromine cichlid fish species were sampled for associated studies on characterising genomic signatures of… view more  Credit: Dr Graham Etherington and Dr Tarang Mehta, Earlham Institue (EI) Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes […]

A sea of rubbish: ocean floor landfills

The Messina Strait, a submarine bridge separating the island of Sicily from the Italian Peninsula, is the area with the largest marine litter density worldwide -more than a million objects per square kilometre in some parts-, as reported in a new review paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Also, over the next thirty […]

Scientists present novel approach for monitoring freshwater health

IMAGE: The MinION is a portable device that can sequence genetic material sampled from the environment – here, from the River Cam in Cambridge, UK. view more  Credit: Team PuntSeq (CC BY 4.0) Researchers have used the world’s smallest, smartphone-sized DNA sequencing device to monitor hundreds of different bacteria in a river ecosystem. Writing in the […]

Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

IMAGE: Electro-analytical system used to identify appropriate electrodes for anodic oxidation processes. view more  Credit: INRS A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source. The results of this research have been published in the Environmental Pollution […]

Glass frogs living near roaring waterfalls wave hello to attract mates

Berkeley — Most frogs emit a characteristic croak to attract the attention of a potential mate. But a few frog species that call near loud streams — where the noise may obscure those crucial love songs — add to their calls by visually showing off with the flap of a hand, a wave of a […]

Stuck in a rut: Ocean acidification locks algal communities in a simplified state

IMAGE: Image photo of algal communities view more  Credit: University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan – Out with the old, in with the new, as the New Year’s saying goes, but not where the marine environment is concerned. Researchers from Japan have discovered that ocean acidification keeps algal communities locked in a simplified state of low biodiversity. […]

Divergences between scientific and Indigenous and Local Knowledge can be helpful

IMAGE: Discussion about carnivore species with Daasanach pastoralists. view more  Credit: ANDRÉ BRAGA JUNQUEIRA Divergences between scientific and Indigenous and Local Knowledge can provide a better understanding of why local pastoralists may be willing, or not, to participate in conservation initiatives for carnivores, a study from University of Helsinki suggests. Carnivore conservation has historically been based […]