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Flexible Partnership Lets Lichens Live In Different Habitats
2013-04-23 15:40:42

Lichens are symbiotic organisms consisting of a fungal partner and one or several algal partners. The association is so close that scientists until 1867 were not aware that lichens actually consist of two different partners.

Ant Family Tree Highlights Importance Of Tropics
2013-04-22 13:39:39

According to a new study of the modern ant's family tree, the tropics of South America acted as both a cradle and a museum in the evolutionary history of these ancient insects.

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

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.

2013-04-10 16:18:02

Scientists at The University of Manchester have found evidence of the genetic basis of the evolutionary arms-race between parasitoids and their aphid hosts.

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

plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain, geology, or altitude

Robot Ants Learn To Navigate A Maze
2013-03-29 10:50:18

It’s commonly known that ants navigate by scent. As each ant randomly wanders in search for food or shelter, it leaves behind a trail of pheromones which other ants will then follow. The result is that famous line of ants leading to a family picnic or a particularly sticky spill.

Worldwide Crop Pollination Hurting Due To Loss Of Wild Bees
2013-03-01 09:30:07

An international study of wild insects finds that managed honey bees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, especially wild bees.

Clownfish Helps Its Anemone Partner Breathe
2013-02-28 09:46:26

Clownfish became very popular 10 years ago when Disney released the animated feature film Finding Nemo, but the colorful fish are also famous among aquarium enthusiasts for their symbiotic relationship with the deadly sea anemone.

Electric Flowers Help Bees Pick Up Pollen
2013-02-22 11:25:13

A new study has shown that the bees are able to use an electrical charge emitted by flowers to interact with the nectar-bearing plants and pick up pollen.


Latest Symbiosis Reference Libraries

Sebae Clownfish, Amphiprion sebae
2013-02-17 07:52:18

Image Credit: Miles Wu/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0) The sabae clownfish is a very rare species in the wild and is aggressive, especially as it matures. It is found in the northern Indian Ocean around India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula, Andaman Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, and the Maldive Islands. This fish inhabits lagoons and coastal waters around reefs, at a depth range of 6 - 75 feet. This species of fish is the most popular fish for home aquariums. The body of the sabae clownfish is...

Saddleback Clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus
2013-02-09 09:11:17

Image Caption: Amphiprion polymnus at Tasik Ria House reef, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Credit: Jens Peterson/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) Saddleback clownfish are found in harbors and lagoons with a soft or sandy bottom, around reefs at depths from 6 - 90 feet. This fish is native to the Western Pacific, around China, Viet Nam, Gulf of Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, northern Australia, New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands. The body of the saddleback clownfish ranges in color...

Convict Blenny, Pholidichthys leucotaenia
2013-01-03 15:48:38

The convict blenny lives in tunnels around coastal reefs and in shallow lagoons of the Western South Pacific, mainly from the Philippines to the Solomon Islands. The young of this fish will often swim in schools around the reef heads and ledges so tightly packed together they will look like one organism. This species, sometimes called a blenny and sometimes called a goby, actually it is neither. It is in a classification alone with one other species called a worm blenny. The convict blenny...

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2011-02-23 17:28:19

The Polydnaviruses (PDV) are a family of insect viruses that contain two genera: Ichnoviruses (IV) and Bracoviruses (BV). The ichnoviruses occur in ichneumonid wasps and bracoviruses in braconid wasps. The virus is composed of multiple segments of double-stranded superhelical DNA packaged in capsid proteins and a double layer or single layer envelope. The full genome of the virus is integrated into the genome of the wasps and the virus only replicates in specific cells in the female...

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2005-09-12 10:19:57

The ants, one of the most successful groups of insects, are of particular interest because they form advanced colonies, and can constitute up to 15 percent of the total animal biomass of a tropical rainforest. They belong to the order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of the vespoid wasps. Ants appear in amber, found in central New Jersey, believed to be from the Cretaceous period. It is thought that they evolved from the wasps that had appeared during the Jurassic period. They are...

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