Study shows that the jaguar is in much greater danger of extinction than previously thought

A new study published in Oryx shows that the jaguar is in much greater danger of extinction than previously thought.


Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia

A new study in Paleobiology has compared the diet of a variety of Australian megafaunal herbivores from the period when they were widespread (350,000 to 570,000 years ago) to a period when they were in decline (30,000 to 40,000 years ago) by studying their fossil teeth. The analysis suggests that climate change had a significant impact on their diets and may well have been a primary factor in their extinction.


Confronting the rising threat of antibiotic resistance in livestock

Development of Resistance to antimicrobials is developing faster than ever before due to decades of abusing these important drugs. A ‘post-antibiotic’ world looms as a result, the consequences of which would be many people and farm animals sickening and dying of what, until now, have been preventable or treatable infections.


New research on managing herbicide-resistant giant ragweed

Researchers writing in the latest issue of the journal Weed Science provide important insights on the control of herbicide-resistant giant ragweed


Making a dent in cataloguing Earth’s biodiversity

The latest Thematic Issue 'Trypetheliaceae' from The Lichenologist is now available online and unlocks the secrets to more than 400 species of tropical lichens.


Most Read in 2016

A collection of the most read posts published in 2016


Deceived by Orchids

The Institute for Historical Research recently selected ten of the “most interesting articles and books” of 2016 and I was delighted to find my BJHS paper Deceived by Orchids: Sex, Science, Fiction and Darwin among them.…


Individual tracking shows free-range hens roam best with more space outdoors

The animal article of the month for January is ‘Outdoor stocking density in free-range laying hens: radio-frequency identification of impacts on range use‘.…