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CSIRO scientists join fight to save 'Tassie devil'

... said helping the Tassie devil to survive the DFTD threat was crucial, not just because it is a major tourism attraction but also to ensure devils continue to play the vital role they have in maintaining Tasmania’s environmental balance. Other collaborators include: the Department of Primary Industries ...

The insect vector always bites twice

The reality of the threat from vector-borne diseases has been recognized and the problem is prompting research scientists to take a strong interest. Most of these infections, classified as emerging or re-emerging diseases, are linked to ecosystem changes, climatic variations ...

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...asphyxiation and groundwater contamination. The threat of asphyxiation-or suffocation due to carbon dioxide displacing oxygen-is very low, the researchers said, because of the unlikelihood of a rapid leakage, which would have to occur to cause a problem. Drinking water contamination, Benson said, is t...

Physicist cracks women's random but always lucky choice of X chromosome

...n thus has more chance of surviving any biological threat targeted at a single version of the X chromosome....

Warning from Asian bees

...s themselves could pose the beginning of a serious threat to Australian honey bee populations. Asian bees are known to have found their way into Australian ports at least half a dozen times in the last decade. This time it’s a Javanese strain of the bee and because the latest incursion had lain undiscov...

Potato wart eyed as risk to potato production

...t List" of plant pathogens deemed to pose a severe threat to plant health or to plant products. Although direct losses from potato wart may be insignificant when first detected, indirect economic losses resulting from zero-tolerance regulations for potato wart can be devastating to growers. Indirect eco...

Researchers demonstrate way to control tree height

... trees such as this are unlikely to be any kind of threat to spread, because they would compete very poorly with normal or wild trees. In virtually all tree species, low height is a disadvantage as trees compete for sunshine. Another possible value, from that perspective, is that this trait might be used to...

How plague-causing bacteria disarm host defense

... Ages. "This bacterial species could still be a threat today," said Navarro, adding that scientists had isolated an antibiotic-resistant strain of this species. In addition Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. enterocolitica are big words for nasty, little bugs that cause what's commonly known as food poisoning...

Want to save polar bears? Follow the ice

...e near these fast swimming marine mammals. Another threat to the bears is the unpredictability of the melting of the sea ice away from the coast regions that bears shift to in the warmest parts of the year. Bears that make it to shore may be there for increasingly longer periods of time without food as the...

Amphibians in losing race with environmental change

...cur within some amphibian populations when a novel threat arises, other threats may be too intense and too new for amphibians to cope with them," the researchers wrote in their report. "Behaviors and ecological attributes that have probably persisted, and were probably beneficial, for millions of years . . ...

Alien plants attack using 'resource conservation' as weapon, researchers say

...ave long assumed that alien species pose less of a threat in resource-poor environments because they are les...termining which invasive species pose the greatest threat are far from complete, Funk added. "With this new information, we can now take a look at those li...

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest

... hive beetles are common in Africa and pose little threat to African honeybee hives, it appears that domesticated European honeybees have a much harder time containing the beetles in their hives. European honeybees were bred to be docile and easy to work with, while African honeybees are noted for aggressio...

Cornell lab confirms deadly fish virus spreading to new species

...een identified in 19 species and poses a potential threat to New York’s $1.2 billion sport-fishing industry....European or Japanese genotypes and poses no health threat to humans, said Bowser. However, as a general rule, people should avoid eating any fish (or game) th...

NIAID expands capability for influenza research and surveillance

... influenza as well as an influenza pandemic. “The threat of an influenza pandemic is a major source of concern for the public health community,?says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The new NIAID Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance will help expand the federal government’s e...

Corals that can fight global warming may one day help fragile reefs

..."Some corals show unusual resilience to the double threat [of pathogens and warming seas], and we should look to these hardy corals for clues that might enhance others," said Harvell. "Other corals are more sensitive and will not survive the continued warming trend." Yet there seems to be future promise f...

Veterinary scientists explore poultry virus as cancer killer

... use of poultry viruses as cancer therapy poses no threat to humans and several other oncolytic viruses are currently being explored to treat cancer. However, Subbiah’s work is the first to alter Newcastle disease virus through a reverse genetic system to target prostate cancer specifically. Reverse gen...

Bypassing eggs, flu vaccine grown in insect cells shows promise

... of flu that had been predicted to be the greatest threat during the 2004-2005 winter, when the study was co...rings implications important to a world facing the threat of pandemic bird flu. For decades the nation’s efforts to prevent flu have centered on growing fl...

NIAID DNA vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza enters human trial

...er strains of the H5N1 virus that currently pose a threat in Indonesia and represents an example of our ability to respond to shifting viruses with modern technology," says Dr. Nabel. The study will enroll 45 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60. Fifteen will receive placebo injections and 30 will re...

Massive coral death attributed to earthquake

...onitoring Indonesian corals reefs now have another threat to watch out for, and not all reef damage should be immediately attributed to human influences." Many other reefs, particularly in the Pulau Banyak, continue to be damaged by destructive fishing including bombing and the use of cyanide. These prac...

Saving endangered whales at no cost

...ains on the east coast of North America. A leading threat to the species is lethal entanglement by fishing gear: Photographic evidence indicates that 75% of individuals show signs of entanglement, mostly from lobster fishing gear. In the new work, the researchers analyzed the costs and benefits of two d...

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