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W.M. Keck Foundation funds study of friendly microbes

...l metabolic products that they synthesize in their native gut habitats. The W.M. Keck Foundation, established in 1954 by the late W.M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, focuses its grants on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering. The grant supports a project...

Color-blind method opens new doors in DNA sequencing

...ntually do direct detection of a DNA sequence from native DNA" without manipulation now performed in the laboratory, said Dr. Michael L. Metzker, assistant professor in the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center and adjunct assistant professor of chemistry at Rice. "We could make sequencing portable and do it f...

Introduced foxes transformed vegetation on Aleutian Islands from lush grasslands to tundra

...ions are there for a successful restoration of the native biodiversity." ...

Vampire bats keep out of trouble by running

...ntroduction of large herds of livestock into their native environments of Central and South America, these b...urnal visitor. It remains unclear exactly what the native prey were before the introduction of cattle, he adds. The Cornell zoologists plan to go a step furt...

Aggressive aquatic species invading Great Lakes

...ish species, their ability to wrest territory from native fish plays a key role in their dominance of the Gr... report that gobies win territory disputes against native logperch regardless of whether or not they were the original resident of the territory "A territory...

Undesirable expatriates: Preventing the spread of invasive animals

... that have established and spread outside of their native range, many invasive species become economic and e...ological burdens. Successful invaders can displace native animals through resource competition, predation or disease-- ushering in biodiversity loss. Globally...

Advancements In Genomics Foster Deep Sea Discoveries

...tures of high-pressure-adapted microbes from their native environments. This work was funded at Scripps Institution by the National Science Foundation. ...

One gene links newborn neurons with those that die in diseases such as Alzheimer's

...the brains of 19 zebra finches, a kind of songbird native to Australia that has long been used in studies of birdsong. Since replaceable neurons sit side-by-side with neurons that are not replaced, the first step was to label the two kinds of cells in order to tell them apart. The replaceable neurons send ...

Putting ecology back into river restoration

...annel modification project should minimise loss of native vegetation during river reconstruction, and should avoid the fish spawning season for construction work," Palmer explains. The final criteria is ecological assessment. According to Palmer: "It is critical that the broad restoration community, includi...

Finding hidden invaders in a Hawaiian rain forest

...a on the ground. The fingerprints showed where the native dominant tree 'ohia' (Metrosideros polymorpha) has... monitoring capabilities. On Kilauea Volcano, the native Metrosideros tree typically has a low concentration of nitrogen in its leaves ( .6% to .8%), while t...

Stealth Worms May Improve Insect Pest Control

...ee how they interact with the local insects. Using native biological control alternatives is more environmen...nematodes. In Arizona, Stock's team is collecting native species of EPN for pest control trials in citrus and iceberg lettuce, with funding from the Arizona ...

Bee mites suppress bee immunity, open door for viruses and bacteria

... complete hive collapses in about two weeks. "The native Chinese bees do not have the same problems," says Dr. Xiaolong Yang, post doctoral researcher in entomology and plant pathology, who raised bees in China. "I do not recall seeing deformed wing bees in the Chinese bee. Chinese honey bees have grooming...

Internet viruses help ecologists control invasive species

...ork theory to predict how the spiny water flea - a native of Russia - will spread through the Canadian lake system. Ecologists Jim Muirhead and Professor Hugh MacIsaac of the University of Windsor, Ontario have been studying the spread of the spiny water flea, Bythotrephes longimanus, through Canadian lake...

Beneficial Beetles Battle Pesky Saltcedar

...tcedar had become an out-of-control pest, crowding native plants, such as cottonwoods and willows, along str...ides disrupting the natural surroundings needed by native plants, birds, fish and other forms of life, saltcedar plays havoc with farm roads and fields. For e...

Alien woodwasp, threat to US pine trees, found in N.Y.

...te or in packing material. The woodwasp, which is native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa, where it rarely is a pest, kills pines, and sometimes several other types of conifers, by introducing a toxic mucus and spores of a toxic fungus when the female lays her eggs through the bark and into the sapwood ...

Scientists map the world for nature conservation

... Republic of Germany contains some 2,700 different native plants. "However, we have found out for the first time where, within each of the different vegetation zones, plant biodiversity is highest," says Professor Wilhelm Barthlott, founder of the working group and Director of the Nees Institute. It has eme...

New method shows it is possible to grow bone for grafts within a patient's body

...s comparable strength and mechanical properties to native bone," says Molly Stevens, currently a reader at Imperial College in the United Kingdom who did most of the research as a post-doctoral fellow at MIT, "and since the harvested bone is fresh it integrates really well at a recipient site." Long bones ...

Genetic links could unlock clues to leading cause of blindness

...near 1,500, but because the rhesus monkeys are not native to the area, they could mate only with each other. This inbreeding has predisposed the monkeys to various genetic diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration. Unlike most other animals, a rhesus monkey's eyes have the same complex structure a...

Discovery of an American salamander where it shouldn't be: Korea

...nders in a wooded Korean upland as he would in his native Illinois - by turning over rocks. The plethodontids were probably overlooked, Wake said, because the newly discovered salamanders are fully terrestrial, whereas all other Asian salamanders breed in water. Korean biologists, though actively studying o...

New tool reveals secrets of migrating cells

...'s an imaging revolution to be able to go into the native environment while keeping the intact organ alive and make movies of migrating cells." With two-photon imaging, Witt and Robey identified thymus cells they dubbed beeliners moving nearly two centimeters - almost an inch - per hour, which is fast in t...

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