Biology News

Home and Away: Are Invasive Plant Species Really That Special? Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:00
Invasive plant species are a serious environmental, economic and social problem worldwide. Their abundance can lead to lost native biodiversity and ecosystem functions, such as nutrient cycling.
Longevity and nutrition: how dietary restriction can help C. elegans live longer Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
Scientists are able to employ a universally recognized experimental method to extend the lifespan of any organism, from yeasts to primates; namely, dietary restriction . At Lyon, the team of Marc B
Wealth of orchid varieties is down to busy bees and helpful fungi, says study Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
Scientists have discovered why orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants- it is all down to their relationships with the bees that pollinate them and the fungi that nourish th
Forensic breakthrough could turn clothes into silent witnesses Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
The new research seeks to recover fingerprint ridge detail and impressions from fabrics - a technique that has up until now proved difficult. It is the first time in more than 30 years that fingerpri
Newly Discovered Dinosaur Likely Father of Triceratops Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
Triceratops and Torosaurus have long been considered the kings of the horned dinosaurs. But a new discovery traces the giants family tree further back in time, when a newly discovered species appears
Plankton inspires creation of stealth armour for slow release microscopic drug vesicles Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armour has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to
Songbird's strategy for changing its tune could inform rehab efforts Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
scientists have discovered that the male Bengalese finch uses a simple mental computation and an uncanny memory to create its near-perfect mate-catching melody-a finding that could have implications f
Plants can adapt genetically to survive harsh environments Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:00
A Purdue University scientist has found genetic evidence of how some plants adapt to live in unfavorable conditions, a finding he believes could one day be used to help food crops survive in new or ch