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2011-02-07 13:43:39

Since the days of Darwin, the "tree of life" has been the preeminent metaphor for the process of evolution, reflecting the gradual branching and changing of individual species. The discovery that a large cluster of genes appears to have jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, however, significantly strengthens the argument that a different metaphor, such as a mosaic, may be more appropriate. "The fungi are telling us something important about evolution "¦ something we...

2011-02-07 07:00:00

LONDON, NEW YORK and HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Celtic Pharmaceutical Holdings L.P. ("Celtic Pharma"), the global private equity firm focused on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, announced today the presentation of key in-vitro data at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 69th annual meeting in New Orleans (4-8 February, 2011) for TDT 067, terbinafine in Transfersomes®, for the topical treatment of onychomycosis (also known as a...

2011-01-24 18:23:29

The success of a fungal pathogen in becoming a persistent and opportunistic source of infection in human beings may be due to a mating strategy that can best be described as "don't be too choosy." A new Brown University study finds that Candida albicans will respond to the pheromones of several different species, not just its own, and if an opposite-sex partner isn't around, it can switch over to same-sex mating. In affairs of DNA exchange "” for the yeast has no heart "” Candida...

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2011-01-20 06:42:08

A species of amoeba -- Dictyostelium discoideum -- has shown primitive farming behavior as it travels along, according to a new study. In results of the study, reported Jan. 19 in the journal Nature, evolutionary biologists Joan Strassmann and David Queller of Rice University show that the social amoebae (commonly known as slime molds) increase their odds of survival through a rudimentary form of agriculture. Research by lead author Debra Brock, a graduate at Rice, found that some amoebae...

2010-12-30 14:21:23

Results help predict tree failures, estimate damage from diseased trees Landscape trees, valued for their aesthetic nature and their environmental benefits, are becomingly increasingly valuable in urban environments. A single mature tree can add considerable value to commercial and residential properties. Conversely, tree mortality can result in significant economic losses. Urban trees must endure adverse growing conditions that reduce their structural strength and subject them to stresses,...

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2010-12-28 09:35:00

A specific kind of ancient rock art found in Western Australia has managed to maintain its vivid colorization and high contrast over more than 45,000 years because it is comprised of living organisms, researchers from the University of Queensland have discovered. The Bradshaw rock art, which was named after the 19th century naturalist who first discovered them, has been exposed to sunlight and rain for up to 70,000 years and has never been repainted. Now researchers Jack Pettigrew, Chloe...

2010-12-22 08:00:00

VISTA, Calif., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- EcoBlu Products, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: ECOB) announced today that the company has made a conscience decision to change the color of the WoodSurfaceFilm(TM) treatment to a red hue colorant. The development of the company's proprietary treatment incorporating the AF21 Fire Inhibitor as a standard component is now providing low cost ultimate wood protection. Red as an extreme color represents extreme protection offered by the company's wood...

2010-12-21 14:57:00

In the news release, RealTime Laboratories Tests Pets for Aflatoxin Exposure, issued Dec. 21, 2010 by RealTime Laboratories, LLC over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that in the fourth paragraph, the email address should read "info@realtimelab.com" rather than "info@realtimelabs.com" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: RealTime Laboratories Tests Pets for Aflatoxin Exposure CARROLLTON, Texas, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- RealTime...

2010-12-21 11:00:00

CARROLLTON, Texas, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- RealTime Laboratories, LLC, (RTL), announced the availability of a test to determine whether family pets have been contaminated with aflatoxins. Recently, a large chain super market announced a recall of select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products "may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets." (Kroger Co, recall, December 18, 2010, Cincinnati, Ohio). In 2006, a similar contamination led...

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2010-12-20 07:40:00

One of the many new discoveries from Kew in the International Year of Biodiversity As the UN's International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet's plant and fungal life by highlighting some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they've made this year from the rainforests of Cameroon to the UK's North Pennines. But it's not just about the new "“ in some cases species long thought to be...


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2005-09-07 18:11:11

Leafcutter ants are found in warmer regions of Central and South America. These remarkable social insects have evolved an advanced agricultural system. They feed on a specialized fungus that grows only in the underground chambers of the ants' nest. The ants actively cultivate their fungus, feeding it with freshly-cut vegetation and maintaining it free from pests and weeds. This is done by a symbiotic relationship with a colony of bacteria that grows on the ants that protect the fungus. The...

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