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2013-03-25 11:28:58

In August 2011, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were presented with a serious, and potentially very costly, puzzle in Kennewick, Wash. Since Kennewick lies within a region near the heart of Washington state's $1.5 billion apple-growing region, an annual survey of fruit trees is performed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to look for any invading insects. This time the surveyors discovered a crabapple tree that had been infested by a fruit fly that...

2011-12-22 08:00:00

The Natural Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes articles in all areas of biological science. The latest articles cover Cicada which live in temperate to tropical climates and can cause damage to agricultural crops, shrubs, and trees, Maggots which are larva of flies attacking crops and food. The article on Winter Solstice covers a hemisphere's shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) December...

2010-05-10 15:49:09

A new paper by a team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame biologist Jeffrey Feder could herald an important shift in thinking about the genomics of speciation. Titled "Widespread genomic divergence during sympatric speciation," the paper appears in today's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The prevailing assumption among scientists about how the genomes of newly forming species should differ during the earliest stages of divergence with gene flow...

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2009-02-06 09:30:00

This year marks both the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work "On the Origin of Species." Just in time for the Darwin observances, a new paper appearing today in the journal Science by a team led by University of Notre Dame researchers Andrew Forbes, Thomas Powell, and Jeffrey Feder offers important insights into how new species come to be. "This study is important because it shows how biodiversity itself can be a major...


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