Biology News

Analysis of bread mold genomes demos 'reverse-ecology' tool Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 00:00
In a demonstration of “reverse-ecology,” biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that one can determine an organism's adaptive traits by looking first at its genome and checki
New age researchers highlight how man is changing the world Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 00:00
Human influence on the landscape, global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification and biodiversity are highlighted in a new set of studies led by University of Leicester researchers.
Earth's life support systems - examine the basic elements of life Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 00:00
In the search for life on Mars or any planet, there is much more than the presence of carbon and oxygen to consider. Using Earth's biogeochemical cycles as a reference point, elements like nitrogen, i
Sentinel of Change: Waterflea Genome to Improve Environmental Monitoring Capabilities Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 00:00
A tiny crustacean that has been used for decades to develop and monitor environmental regulations is the first of its kind to have its genetic code sequenced and analyzed-revealing the most gene-packe
Productive plants for the future Friday, February 4, 2011 - 00:00
Plant breeding and food companies are also part of the network, meaning the training of the scientists will take into account practical aspects.
Animal with the most genes? A tiny crustacean Friday, February 4, 2011 - 00:00
Complexity ever in the eye of its beholders, the animal with the most genes - about 31,000 - is the near-microscopic freshwater crustacean Daphnia pulex, or water flea. By comparison, humans have a
Immune Defense Revs For Morning Attack Friday, February 4, 2011 - 00:00
Timing is everything in the long-standing arms race between the flowering plant Arabidopsis and its pathogen, Hyaloperonospora, a downy mildew.
Rowdy residents warn crustaceans away from perilous reefs Friday, February 4, 2011 - 00:00

Coral reefs present a treacherous wall of mouths to flea-sized planktonic crustaceans, but the clamour generated by animals on the reef may act like a foghorn to warn them away from danger.