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Australian Sugar Ants Walk In Circles When Lost
2012-11-12 10:45:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For us humans, being lost isn´t all that much fun, often leading us to walk around in circles as we try to find our way. Apparently, some animals follow similar patterns. Researchers studying Australian sugar ants have found that putting these social insects in an unfamiliar setting can immediately trigger a ℠lost´ reaction. Furthermore, their research shows that an ant´s habitat can determine how it navigates...

Clownfish Set Social Status With Sound
2012-11-09 09:40:46

Alan McStracick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Everything I ever needed to know about clownfish, I learned from ℠Finding Nemo´. Stop the presses. The clownfish, or anemonefish, (so called for their symbiotic mutualisms with sea anenomes), are, thanks to ℠Finding Nemo´, one of the most recognizable and least understood fish in the sea. So, let´s begin our education of this fun colored creature. The clownfish is native to the warmer waters of the...

2012-10-24 04:01:10

As shiitake-log growers Doug and Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm know, shiitake farming has mushroomed since they started in the 1980s. Today, most mushrooms are grown on sterilized sawdust blocks and many people have never seen or eaten shiitakes from logs, as they grow in Nature. As gifts for yourself or gifts for friends and family, log kits grow the best-tasting, most highly nutritious mushrooms with the most potent health benefits. Lost Creek Mushroom Farm donates a portion...

Pesticides More Perilous To Bees Than Previously Thought
2012-10-22 08:43:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There´s more bad news for bees. Biologists from the University of London say that exposure to pesticides are having a broader, previously unforeseen effect on bumblebee populations. While pesticides have been blamed for bee decline in the past, studies on the issue have focused mainly on single pesticides at high doses. The new British study is the first to take a more direct look at the effect of a combination of chemicals...

2012-10-19 11:23:46

RHINELANDER, Wis., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Kohen, Director of Drs. Foster & Smith's LiveAquaria.com, was awarded the prestigious title of "2012 Aquarist of the Year" by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) at this year's national MACNA conference in late September. The MASNA award recognizes individuals for their sustained and outstanding contributions to the marine aquarium hobby. For Kevin Kohen, who's been keeping aquariums since the age of 6,...

2012-09-28 06:26:59

ATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ANTs Software, Inc. (OTC US: ANTS), a US patented, high-performance, compatibility, and virtual technologies software manufacturer, today announced it has rehired a former Executive to take the reigns of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "We are thrilled that Rik Sanchez, the former founder and Vice President of the profitable and successful Telecommunications, Media, and High Tech Businesses Units for ANTs Software, Inc. will return in the elevated...

Ant Slave Rebellion
2012-09-26 19:13:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s new evidence today ants that have been captured and made slaves by other ants aren´t simply taking their plights lying down. According to a new study, these slave ants are prone to try and take down their oppressors by sabotaging their families. The first signs of this kind of ant rebellion were noted by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) research professor Dr. Susanne Foitzik in 2009. However, in the...

2012-09-24 22:13:25

Collective decision-making proves more efficient than individual selection Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that ants utilize a strategy to handle "information overload." Temnothorax rugatulus ants, commonly found living in rock crevices in the Southwest, place the burden of making complicated decisions on the backs of the entire colony, rather than on an individual ant. In a study published in the early, online version of scientific journal Current Biology,...

Red Queen Or Red King
2012-09-24 10:52:18

In relationships based on mutuality, the number of individuals involved can determine the rate at which species evolve The relationship between species determines how rapidly they evolve. Parasites and their hosts coevolve more rapidly, and partners in a mutualistic relationship can evolve more slowly. But this view is obviously too simplistic. The rate of evolution in a mutualistic relationship does not depend only on the type of interactions, but also on the number of individuals...

Marine Microbes Engage In Unusual Symbiosis
2012-09-22 09:56:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study published in this week's issue of Science shows how tiny, single-celled algae and a highly specialized bacteria have formed a partnership that helps keep the ocean fertilized.  This symbiotic pair takes nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixes" it into a form that other organisms can use. The results of the study emerged from the investigation of a mysterious nitrogen-fixing microbe that has a very small genome. ...


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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