Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide.
In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples.
Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains: Despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli.
A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants.
Diversity is the key: a team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease.
Certain ants capture closely related ant species and make them work in their own colonies. The raids required to achieve this are controlled by different genes.
Female lemurs have to select a male of their own species for mating. Red-fronted lemurs are able to differentiate between conspecifics and closely related sister species on the basis of facial color...
It is widely accepted that microplastics contaminate our oceans and are harmful to coastal and marine habitats. And yet what damaging effect do fragments of plastic have on terrestrial ecosystems?
Researchers described a hitherto unknown fossil giant penguin species. In their study they show that “gigantism” was not a rare occurrence in early penguins and probably developed as a result of the...
A new comparative analysis across mammals shows that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy.