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Designer corals shine a bright light on the future of coral reefs

Our climate is warming rapidly and this poses the greatest threat to coral reefs. Climate change not only causes a gradual increase in average water temperatures, but also an increased frequency, intensity and duration of summer heat waves. Over the last five years, three heat... click to read more

  • Madeleine JH van Oppen | Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB #3, Townsville, QLD 4810, Australia
  • Patrick Buerger | Postdoctoral Fellow at School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia; CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, Land & Water, Black Mountain, ACT 2601, Australia
Views 3345
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 27, 2021
The Trojan mosquito: an in-house parasite defends against malaria

Malaria is one of the most difficult-to-control infectious diseases in modern times. It is widespread in the tropical and subtropical regions with millions of global infections annually and a high death rate among school-going children. The disease is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, and... click to read more

  • Enock Mukibetti Mararo | PhD student at The Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK
  • Lilian Mbaisi | PhD student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Edward Makhulu Edmond | Research assistant at International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya
Views 8231
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 26, 2021
How did ant-plant interactions evolve?

What are those ants doing? No, over there. Ants are all kind of the same, right? Nope. Ants are diverse - there are actually more kinds of ants than birds. Some live underground, and some use plants as places to hunt for food or... click to read more

  • Matthew P. Nelsen | Research Scientist at The Field Museum, Integrative Research Center, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Richard H. Ree | Curator at The Field Museum, Integrative Research Center, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Corrie S. Moreau | Curator at Cornell University, Departments of Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Ithaca, NY, USA
Views 5441
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2019
The intimate relationships between seeds and fungi

Fungi are almost everywhere. By influencing important processes, such as decomposition and nutrient cycling in forests around the globe, helping plants acquire nutrients from the soil, or helping them cope with enemies that munch on their leaves, fungi are important players on key aspects of... click to read more

  • Carolina Sarmiento | Research assistant at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama
Views 6325
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 30, 2018
Algae Living in Salamanders, Friend or foe?

Roughly speaking, our bodies use energy from the sun, but we can't use sunlight directly. Instead, plants and algae collect sunlight and store it as chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. We can access that fuel directly when we eat plants, or indirectly when... click to read more

  • John Burns | Research Scientist at American Museum of Natural History, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and Division of Invertebrate Zoology, New York, United States
  • Ryan R. Kerney | Professor at Gettysburg College, Department of Biology, Gettysburg, United States
Views 7395
Reading time 4 min
published on May 22, 2018