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2014-06-04 15:23:01

Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press) This week in Molecular Biology and Evolution The social insects, including bees, wasps, ants and termites have developed a highly advanced society where division of labor amongst workers to serve the queen's reproduction has long fascinated biologists who have wanted to uncover the molecular pathways driving the complex behavior of insect societies. In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Claire...

How Gene Expression Differs Between Castes In Ants
2014-01-30 11:53:06

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Novel or highly modified genes play a major role in the development of the different castes within ant colonies. Evolutionary biologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) came to this conclusion in a recent gene expression study. Dr. Barbara Feldmeyer and her colleagues at the JGU Institute of Zoology studied the question how the different female castes arise. An ant colony generally consists of a queen and the workers. Moreover, workers can...

Hardworking Sisters Allow Insect Colonies To Thrive
2013-11-21 14:09:25

University of Edinburgh They are among the animal kingdom's most industrious workers … now a study reveals why colonies of ants and bees depend on females for their success. Altruistic workers in social insect colonies – such as ants, bees and wasps – are more likely to be female, because their maternal instincts make them better at caring for the queen's offspring. The findings come from a study of who does what in these highly organized insect societies. In these species, it...

Dragonfly Study Shows How Ecosystem Changes Affect Biodiversity
2013-08-14 07:22:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Rice University researchers have found that communities in nature are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change than previously thought. The study findings, published in Nature Communications, points to a need for scientists concerned with human impact on the biosphere to take a different look at the consequences of altering the dynamics of a population. One example of such alteration would be removing large members of a species...

2013-08-02 23:21:24

Peter Todd’s new book “The Individuation of God” is now available and the Asheville Jung Center looks at some of them many themes in the pages of this must own book. Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 02, 2013 Peter Todd’s new book “The Individuation of God” has just hit the shelves and the Asheville Jung Center is exploring its content. Contributions from archetypal depth psychology, quantum physics and neuroscience elucidate relationships between mind and matter are just a few of...

Tracking Study Discovers Ants Change Careers As They Age
2013-04-22 09:29:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A single ant colony can have thousands of ants, all scurrying around performing various tasks, maintaining their territory for the queen. And because they all look alike, studying them individually by eye can prove extremely difficult, if not impossible. To bypass this obstacle, Danielle Mersch and colleagues from the University of Lausanne tagged every single worker in entire ant colonies and tracked them by computer. The...

Ecosystem Chemistry Better Predicted By Plant Species
2013-04-09 09:49:55

Carnegie Institution Carnegie scientists have found that the plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain, geology, or altitude. This is the first study using a new, high-resolution airborne, chemical-detecting instrument to map multiple ecosystem chemicals. The result, published in the April 8, 2013, Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a key step toward understanding how...

Plant Biodiversity Protects Ecosystems From Human Perils
2013-02-07 08:59:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by integrative biologists at the University of Guelph warns of the perils inherent in an ecosystem breakdown. The findings of the study, which appeared as the cover story in today´s issue of the journal Nature, suggest that resource managers and farmers should not rely on single crop monocultures, no matter how stable they may appear to be. The team suggests instead that farmers should cultivate the growth of more...

Climate Change Is Having Major Impact On Biodiversity
2012-12-20 14:38:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Global warming is causing plant and animal species to alter their geographic ranges and the timing of key life events such as migrating, flowering, or laying eggs -- a shift that could adversely impact biodiversity as well as ecosystems, a new government report has revealed. The range and timing-related changes are occurring faster now that they were just a few years ago, report the authors of "Impacts of Climate Change on...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.