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Content: Volume 4, Issue 4

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The mystery of mistletoe mitochondria

Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant that lives on trees and steals water and nutrients from them. It features in European folklore as a symbol for fertility and vitality, is a well-known addition to Christmas and is also known to comic fans as the main... click to read more

  • Andrew Maclean | Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Wellcome Centre For Molecular Parasitology, Institute of Infection & Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • Janneke Balk | Project Leader at Department of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Etienne Meyer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 21, 2018
Spicing up restoration: can a dash of pepper powder defend native plants?

The reestablishment of native plants following disturbances like wildfires and road construction projects is challenging in today’s world because introduced plants aggressively invade newly disturbed areas and exclude native plants. The most cost-effective way to reestablish native plants following disturbances is to sow native plant... click to read more

  • Dean Pearson | Research Ecologist at Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA, Forest Service, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 20, 2018
Oil palms and primates can hardly co-exist in Africa

Future trajectories of global population growth, and the associated demand for vegetable-based oils for biofuels and human consumption make it evident that the expansion of oil palm cultivation will hardly slow down in the next 50 years. It is forecasted that a substantial portion of... click to read more

  • Giovanni Strona | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy
  • Zoltan Szantoi | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy; Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, Matieland 7602, South Africa
  • Ghislain Vieilledent | Researcher at Forêts et Sociétés, Université Montpellier, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 19, 2018
How the domestic rabbit became fearless

The domestication of animals progresses gradually as wild animals' genomes evolve and they adapt to life in captivity. Such genetic changes may manifest themselves in how an animal looks, behaves, functions and reproduces. The most striking of these modifications is tameness, - a common feature... click to read more

  • Leif Andersson | Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Irene Brusini | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Miguel Carneiro | Researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
  • Mats Fredrikson | Professor at Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chunliang Wang | Researcher at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 18, 2018
Tourism is not a “smoke-free” industry

We all love travelling! It's a beautiful process that provides us with opportunities to meet new people, learn new things and experience a range of cultures. Based on the estimation provided by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), more than 1.2 billion international visits... click to read more

  • Ya-Yen Sun | Senior Lecturer at UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Australia
  • Arunima Malik | Lecturer at (i) ISA, School of Physics A28; (ii) Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 17, 2018