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Beetles Defeat Plant Defenses With Help From Microbes
2013-09-10 11:03:44

Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore

How Plant Eating Dinosaurs Coexisted
2013-07-11 14:05:45

A new study is helping answer a long-standing question about how large, plant-eating dinosaurs could have co-existed successfully over long periods of geological time.

Plant Distress Signals Can Attract Enemies
2013-07-02 15:02:35

Plants that emit an airborne distress signal in response to herbivory may actually attract more enemies, according to a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science .

Effects Of Predators On Carbon Cycle
2013-06-18 09:44:57

The predator-prey relationship can affect the flow of carbon through an ecosystem, according to a new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

New Research Suggests Climate Change Effect On Plant Communities Is Buffered By Large Herbivores
2013-02-20 15:00:34

Can existing ecological communities persist intact as temperatures rise? This is a question of increasing relevance in the field of climate change and is the focus of a new study to be published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London on 20 February.

Trichomes Save Insect From Beetle Predation
2013-02-06 13:07:00

Everyone needs to eat. But it's a dog-eat-dog world, and with the exception of the top predators, everyone also gets eaten. To cope with this vicious reality, a tiny insect that eats plants has learned to employ the plant's hairs for physical protection from its beetle predator.

2012-11-28 11:21:37

When herbivores such as caterpillars feed, plants may "call for help" by emitting volatiles, which can indirectly help defend the plants.

Ferns Herbivore Defense
2012-11-21 13:00:05

Unlike flowering plants, bracken ferns do not release any odor signals to attract the enemies of their attackers for their own benefit.

Ancient Predators Shared Their Food Supply
2012-11-07 13:53:07

Your mother probably told you that it’s considered good manners to share your food, but according to new research; for large predators living 9 million years ago, sharing a food supply was a daily way of life.

Biological Pest Control Using Predators Of Insect Eggs And Larvae Increases Plant Fitness
2012-10-16 15:15:40

To solve the acute, global problem of securing food resources for a continuously growing population, we must work constantly to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of modern agricultural techniques.


Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.