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New host species for avian influenza identified
...species of goose and the common gull, and dabbling ducks
were found to harbor all but two known influenza virus subtypes. The ecological and epidemiological data provided on influenza A virus should assist both in assessing the risk of the virus spread by wild birds and with the design of new surveillan...
Virtual duck bills demonstrate species coexistence
...e ubiquitous mallard, are a good example. Dabbling ducks
are primarily filter-feeders. They use lamellae, w... Many ecologists, including Darwin, suggested that ducks
coexist because interspecific differences in the spacing of bill lamellae allow each species to cons...
Scientists find mutations that let bird flu adapt to humans
...rs. By contrast, the viruses found in chickens and ducks
could only recognize the receptors on avian cells. The work helps flesh out the changes that have occurred in the worrisome strain of avian influenza virus known as H5N1, a strain some fear could be the organism that will trigger a pandemic of vir...
Exxon Valdez oil found in tidal feeding grounds of ducks, sea otters
...rse zone is a prime feeding ground for sea otters, ducks
and other wildlife. Previously, scientists believed most of the oil was deposited on beaches at higher tide levels.> The researchers randomly dug 662 pits along 32 stretches of shoreline on northern Knight Island, one of the earliest and wors...