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Three new collembolan species have been discovered in the Maestrazgo caves in Teruel, Spain, by a team of scientists from the University of Navarra and the Catalan Association of Biospeleology.
Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest evidence of a hitchhiker from 16 million years ago, according to a study published in PLoS ONE.
Over a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in the pitch black depths of the world’s deepest cave, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists have discovered several new species of animals, one of which they are describing as the deepest terrestrial animal known to man.
Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya, or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden.
Arctic springtails (Megaphorura arctica) survive freezing temperatures by dehydrating themselves before the coldest weather sets in. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Genomics have identified a suite of genes involved in controlling this extreme survival mechanism.
By Julie Mollins TORONTO (Reuters) - Tiny fleas that survive on fungus found under a blanket of snow contain a unique antifreeze that could have implications for farming or transplant surgery, Canadian researchers said on Wednesday.
The flow of carbon through soil is ten times greater than the amount of carbon moved around by the burning of fossil fuel but until now how this happens was at best poorly understood. Soil was almost literally a black box to scientists interested in carbon. Now researchers at the University of Warwick have been able to shed light in that black box by getting a particular class of insects to expose the key underground carbon traffic system - by eating it.
From Organic farming to the effects of Bt in soil, from how soil insects choose the plant roots they eat, to the impact of silk from both spiders and silkworms on protecting plants from pest damage, a series of presentations at the upcoming ESA-INTECOL Joint Meeting cover the ins and outs of soil ecology.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.