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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The genetics behind being Not Like Daddy

Heidelberg, 22 February 2017 - A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding - crossing two different inbred lines to obtain characteristics superior to each parent. However, get..

Hidden no more: First-ever global view of transshipment in commercial fishing industry

Credit: Imagery by DigitalGlobe © 2017 Transshipment, the transfer of goods from one boat to another, is a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish to enter the global seafood market...

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

Credit: Randy Kilmer "Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted amo..

Study finds consumers willing to pay more for ‘all-natural’ labeled foods

CHICAGO - A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumer..

What’s the buzz on bee parasites?

Credit: Dong et. al, Draft genome of the honey bee ectoparasitic mite, Tropilaelaps mercedesae, is shaped by the parasitic life history. GigaScience 2017 Published today in the open-access journal ..

Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds

Credit: Utrecht University Plant populations in wetland areas face increasing isolation as wetlands are globally under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation. Erik Kleyheeg and Merel Soons of U..

Sophisticated optical secrets revealed in glossy buttercup flowers

Credit: Casper van der Kooi Buttercup flowers are known for their intense, shiny yellow colour. For over a century, biologists have sought to understand why the buttercup stands out. University of ..

Winners, losers among fish when landscape undergoes change

Credit: Julian Olden/University of Washington As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might expec..

Counting sharks

Many shark populations around the world are known to have declined over the past several decades, yet marine scientists lack important baseline information about what a healthy shark population looks ..

Science vs. the sea lamprey

Montreal, February 21, 2017 -- Of all the fishy predators in the Great Lakes, few are more destructive than the sea lamprey. There's something of a horror movie in their approach: jawless, they a..

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