Salivary biomarkers of sexual development for hormone-free pig reproduction

The animal article of the month for April is ‘Salivary and urinary metabolome analysis for pre-puberty-related biomarkers identification in porcine’ In pig farms, creation of batches of sows has developed extensively due to advantages for the management of reproductive females and offspring.…


Caution required! Researchers document effect of dicamba and glyphosate on potato crops

Cultivars of soybean and cotton that are tolerant of dicamba and glyphosate have been a big hit with growers, allowing them to treat broadleaf weeds throughout the growing season – without damaging their crops.…


Report reveals area considered for protection is a UK baby dolphin ‘hotspot’

A new scientific paper calling for more protection for a population of Risso’s dolphins living in a ‘hotspot’ around Lewis in Scotland has been published ahead of the Scottish government public consultation on this and three other proposed protected sea area sites.…


The role of faeces in understanding animal health and immunology

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘The latest FAD – Faecal antibody detection in cattle. Protocol and results from three UK beef farms naturally infected with gastrointestinal nematodes‘ by Dr.…


Where is my home? – Finding a place for parasites in food web representations

When we think about food webs, it is rare that parasites are the first group of species that comes to mind; most likely because of their small size and their cryptic nature.…


How to increase litter size in rabbits?

The animal article of the month for March is ‘Correlated responses on litter size traits and survival traits after two-stage selection for ovulation rate and litter size in rabbits’ Litter size is the most important economic trait in prolific species and the only selection criteria for maternal rabbit commercial lines.…


Thank the oceans for softening the blow of climate change

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. It’s an almighty catastrophe that will only become worse with time. We’ll be seeing more powerful storms, increasingly devastating wildfires, longer droughts and recurring floods, to name but a few of the impacts of climate change that are quickly becoming commonplace globally.…


First country-wide distribution survey of the Endangered Asian elephant: towards better elephant conservation and management in Sri Lanka

Asian elephants are a paradox in many ways. They are an Endangered species whose global population is less than one tenth of that of African elephants.…