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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. According to a new report in the Journal of Experimental Biology, a new aspect of this relationship has recently been uncovered: at night the fish oxygenate their partner anemone by agitating the water...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has shown that bees build up an electrical charge as they buzz through the air, but a new study from the University of Bristol in the U.K. has shown that the bees are able to use this charge to interact with nectar-bearing flowers. According to a summary of the study recently published in the journal Science, the British scientists showed that flowers actually modify their own electrical fields to attract the flying...

Reproductive Workings Of A Harvester Ant Dynasty Uncovered By Stanford Scientist
2013-02-12 21:08:18

Stanford University For the first time, scientists have measured how successfully a queen ant establishes new colonies. The work by Stanford researchers revealed that the queen was still reproducing several decades after mating. Ants are just about everywhere you look, and yet it's largely unknown how they manage to be so ubiquitous. Scientists have understood the carnal mechanism of ant reproduction, but until now have known little of how successful the daughters of a colony are when...

Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders
2013-02-11 10:07:43

North Carolina State University Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that one of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the United States — the Argentine ant — appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant. Specifically, the researchers have found that the Asian needle ant is successfully displacing Argentine ants in an urban environment, indicating that the Asian needle ant — with its venomous sting — may be the next invasive...

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...

Symbiosis Between Fungi And Flies
2013-02-06 19:03:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online By studying tiny flies, biologist Jeffrey Joy, from Simon Fraser University located just outside of Vancouver, Canada, was able to gain insight not only into a symbiotic relationship the flies have with a fungus, but also how evolutionary pressures have allowed the flies to exploit this relationship to the benefit of their species. According to Joy´s paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, two...

Oasis For Deep-sea Life Created From Sunken Wood
2013-01-22 13:50:33

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Trees do not grow in the deep sea, nevertheless sunken pieces of wood can develop into oases for deep-sea life - at least temporarily until the wood is fully degraded. A team of Max Planck researchers from Germany now showed how sunken wood can develop into attractive habitats for a variety of microorganisms and invertebrates. By using underwater robot technology, they confirmed their hypothesis that animals from hot and cold seeps would be attracted to the wood due...

Why Biodiversity Is Important For Pollination Services In California Almond: Studies
2013-01-14 09:06:28

Pensoft Publishers Agricultural demand for pollination is growing more quickly than the supply of honey bees, the dominant species managed for crop pollination. Increasing the efficiency of pollination represents a way of increasing crop yield without any increase in agricultural intensity or area. A study recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (9 Jan 2013) 1, shows that the pollination effectiveness of honey bees in California almond orchards was...

2012-12-27 05:03:03

For those who think they do not need exterminator services in the cold winter months, professional pest control provider explains why perceptions may be off. Windham, ME (PRWEB) December 26, 2012 People tend to rely on a belief that they need to deal with bugs during the warmer and wetter spring and summer months, but that bugs are not an issue during the cold winter months–they simply go away. Unfortunately, Ants ETC–a specialist in pest control in Windham, ME–points out...

Bumblebees Prefer More Floral Diversity, Less Pavement
2012-12-25 05:35:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, are found in landscapes with larger amounts of paved roads and impervious construction, reveals a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley. According to the study, nesting opportunities for wild bees could be improved through reducing the local use of pavement and increasing natural habitat within the...


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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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