Latest Decomposition Stories
UV works so effectively by disrupting the DNA of the HRM or Ascospores, and preventing typical cell function such as germination, replication or assimilation of food.
Achieving complete breakdown of plant biomass for energy conversion in industrialized bioreactors remains a complex challenge, but new research shows that termite fungus farmers solved this problem more than 30 million years ago.
A new Yale-led study challenges the long-held assumption that climate is the primary driver of how quickly organic matter decomposes in different regions, a key piece of information used in formulating climate models.
Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy.
Marine Biological Laboratory The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America. Long, cold winters and hot, dry summers characterize these cold desert ecosystems and create bone-dry soils during seasonal droughts. New research published this week from MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) senior scientist Zoe Cardon, John Stark (Utah State University), and their two former students, sheds light on how desert plants gain nutrients...
Forensic scientists already have an extensive toolbox of techniques for determining the time of death in cases involving human corpses, but an intriguing new study led by the University of Colorado may just give them a new one.
In the beech groves of Navarre a team from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has analyzed the influence exerted by forestry management on the fungi populations that decompose wood
Understanding the rate at which leaves decay helps researchers predict the annual global flux of carbon dioxide and develop better models for climate change.
How do grasshoppers who are being frightened by spiders affect our ecosystem?
The pregnant ichthyosaur female from Holzmaden (Germany) that perished 182 million years ago puzzled researchers for quite some time: The skeleton of the extinct marine reptile is almost immaculately preserved and the fossilized bones of the mother animal lie largely in their anatomical position.
- Large; stout; burly.