Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Public Release: 8-Nov-2018   Florida Museum of Natural History GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005. This decrease parallels monarchs’ dwindling numbers in their overwintering grounds in Mexico, said study co-author…

Neurology: Space travel alters the brain

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018   Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Spending long periods in space not only leads to muscle atrophy and reductions in bone density, it also has lasting effects on the brain. However, little is known about how different tissues of the brain react to exposure to microgravity, and it remains unclear whether and to what extent…

Bees’ medicine chest should include sunflower pollen, UMass Amherst study suggests

Public Release: 26-Sep-2018   Ecologist Lynn Adler at UMass Amherst and others found that eating sunflower pollen dramatically and consistently reduced a protozoan infection in bumble bees University of Massachusetts at Amherst AMHERST, Mass. – A new study by Jonathan Giacomini and his former advisor, evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,…

Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees

Public Release: 26-Sep-2018 North Carolina State University IMAGE: Honey bees fed a diet of sunflower pollen show dramatically lower rates of infection by a specific pathogen. Credit: Jonathan Giacomini, NC State University With bee populations in decline, a new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees…

Common weed killer linked to bee deaths

Public Release: 24-Sep-2018 University of Texas at Austin The world’s most widely used weed killer may also be indirectly killing bees. New research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible…

Europe plans to burn our Global Forest as Carbon Neutral Renewable Energy, Scientists Protest in mass

Public Release: 12-Sep-2018 Europe’s renewable energy directive poised to harm global forests Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs PRINCETON, N.J.–Europe’s decision to promote the use of wood as a “renewable fuel” will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world’s forests, according to a new…

Shrimp heal injured fish

Public Release: 22-Aug-2018 James Cook University James Cook University scientists in Australia have discovered that shrimp help heal injured fish. PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. He said it was important to know how the shrimp interact with…