Advances in diagnostics for parasitic diseases: the journey to a special issue

  With the arrival of the first day of December, receiving the Special Issue of Parasitology focused on “Advances in diagnostics for parasitic diseases” was a great way to start my festive run up to the Christmas break.…


A comprehensive tool to assess the sustainability of pig farming systems

In the December 2014 issue of animal, you will find a series of five companion papers presenting a comprehensive tool for the evaluation of the sustainability of pig farming systems, taking into account economy, environment and social demands from the general public and also from the farmers themselves.


Combating illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Conservation scientists say there needs to be a new approach to protecting offshore marine reserves. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University in Australia have found a way to predict illegal fishing activities to help authorities better protect marine reserves.…


Fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

Wildlife Conservation Society study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx.…


Smithsonian Scientist Discovers Populations of Rare Songbird in Surprising New Habitat

America’s Pine Plantations Provide Hope for the Future of the Swainson’s Warbler The Swainson’s warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) is one of the rarest and most secretive songbirds in North America, prized by birdwatchers in the southeastern U.S.…


New study raises alarm over bear bile farming in Lao PDR

The number of bears in farms supplying the widespread and expanding bile extraction industry in Lao PDR has tripled in recent years, with strong evidence the animals are illegally sourced from the wild, a new study published in Oryx finds.…


Reducing rumen protozoa mitigates methane emission

Livestock farming is responsible for 14.5% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, with half of them represented by methane emissions, mostly produced by ruminants. In addition, enteric methane production by ruminants represents up to 6% of energy loss for the animal. Reduction of methanogenesis is then important to limit the negative environmental impacts of ruminants and to improve their feed efficiency.


How immune responses to Leishmania impacts vaccine development

The October paper of the month from Parasitology is ‘Immune responses during cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis’ from Volume 141, issue 12, by Lukasz Kedzierski and Krystal J.…