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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:26:18 EDT
Stopping Candida in its tracks
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent.
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:26:16 EDT
Global warming may threaten shellfish industries
Fans of mussels may soon find themselves out of luck according to research which suggests that global warming may threaten shellfish industries.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:11:59 EDT
Rumors of southern pine deaths have been exaggerated, researchers say
Researchers have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: don't panic. A new study has analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that 'southern pine decline' isn't happening on a large scale.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:11:54 EDT
Infection with Wolbachia bacteria curbs fighting among fruit flies
Male fruit flies infected with the bacterium, Wolbachia, are less aggressive than those not infected, according to research. This is the first time bacteria have been shown to influence aggression.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:25:26 EDT
Unexpected enzyme may resurrect roses' fading scents
Researchers working with roses have identified an enzyme which plays a key role in producing the flowers' sweet fragrances.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:15:26 EDT
Déjà vu all over again:' Research shows 'mulch fungus' causes turfgrass disease
Inadvertently continuing a line of study they conducted about 15 years ago, a team of researchers recently discovered the causal agent for an emerging turfgrass disease affecting golf courses around the world.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:13:06 EDT
The sting in dengue's tail
Scientists have identified how small changes in dengue's viral genome can affect the virus' ability to manipulate human immune defenses and spread more efficiently.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:12:55 EDT
Prion trials and tribulations: Finding the right tools and experimental models
Prions are fascinating, enigmatic, and might teach us not only about rare prion diseases like Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, or scrapie, but also about other more common neurodgenerative diseases. Two studies report progress with novel tools and paradigms to study prion disease.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:22:59 EDT
What bee-killing mites can teach us about parasite evolution
An infestation of speck-sized Varroa destructor mites can wipe out an entire colony of honey bees in two to three years if left untreated. Pesticides help beekeepers rid their hives of these parasitic arthropods, which feed on the blood-like liquid inside of their hosts and lay their eggs on larvae, but mite populations become resistant to the chemicals over time.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:41:06 EDT
Multiplying emerald ash borer decoys made easier
Emerald ash borers have no trouble reproducing themselves, as they have now spread through half the United States, but duplicating effective emerald ash borer decoys is not quite as easy. Now, engineers have devised an inexpensive method to produce hundreds of these fake bugs to aid in monitoring and controlling this pest.
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