Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Decoding ants' coat of many odors

Date:  July 10, 2017
Source:  Vanderbilt University

Summary:  Biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that has allowed them to create the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans.

Baits may be bolstering bear populations

Date:  July 7, 2017
Source:  Wiley

Summary:  Baits used by hunters have become a substantial portion of black bears' diets, research shows. In northern Wisconsin, over 40 percent of the diet of harvested animals consisted of bait subsidies.

Monarch butterfly parasitoids brough to light by citizen science

'Unprecedented view' of parasitoid presence in monarch larval ecology

Date:  July 10, 2017
Source:  Entomological Society of America

Summary:  Scientists now know more than ever about the flies that attack monarch butterfly caterpillars, thanks to citizen science. Since 1999, volunteers participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project have collected and raised more than 20,000 monarch eggs and caterpillars, and they've recorded incidents of those specimens being parasitized by fly larvae.

Undersea robot reveals 'schools' of animals in deep scattering layers

Date:  July 10, 2017
Source:  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Summary:  Throughout the world ocean, animals congregate at certain depths. A new paper shows that, rather than consisting of a random mixture of animals, these deep-scattering layers contain discrete groups of squids, fishes, and crustaceans.

Prelude to global extinction: Human impact on Earth's animals

Biologists say disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact on Earth's animals

Date:  July 10, 2017
Source:  Stanford University

Summary:  In the first such global evaluation, biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses.

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