The importance of protein and energy requirements for hair lambs in tropical conditions

The animal article of the month for December is ‘Energy and protein requirements of Santa Ines lambs, a breed of hair sheep‘.…


Reproduction in Blade Runner 2049

Reproduction on Film, the recently published special issue of The British Journal for the History of Science, investigates the theme of biological reproduction in the history of cinema, television, and other screen media.…


Tackling Weeds in Winter Strawberry Crops – Drip by Drip!

Since the U.S. EPA’s 2005 ban of methyl bromide, winter strawberry growers have faced a perplexing dilemma.  How do you control those pesky broadleaf weeds, grasses and nutsedge species that emerge through the transplanting holes in polyethylene mulch?…


Ex-Panthers find marbles amongst the clouds

As Dawn Burnham and I wove our way through the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north of Myanmar, writes David Macdonald, we were accompanied by a remarkable team.…


Evidence for Presence of Snow Leopards Only Found in 75% of Himachal Pradesh’s Potential Habitat

Study finds that snow leopards only use three quarters of the presumed snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh, India, raising questions about the way we map the cat’s distribution.…


Body mobilization and feed intake in hyper-prolific sows – increased focus on nutrient and energy intake

The animal article of the month for November is ‘Sows with high milk production had both a high feed intake and high body mobilization‘.…


Parasitic nematodes of the genus Syphacia Seurat, 1916 infecting Muridae in the British Isles, and the peculiar case of Syphacia frederici

The latest Paper of the Month in Parasitology is Parasitic nematodes of the genus Syphacia Seurat, 1916 infecting Muridae in the British Isles, and the peculiar case of Syphacia frederici by Jerzy M.…


How to save giant tropical fruit bats: work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money

Cultural value of bat teeth means traditional hunting customs are “a positive, not a negative” Bats often get the short end of the stick—when you look around in October, they’re featured in Halloween decorations right up there with unsavory characters like monsters and ghosts.…


Critically Endangered Sumatran Tigers On Path To Recovery In An ‘In Danger’ UNESCO World Heritage Site

A new scientific publication from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Authority looks at the effectiveness of the park’s protection zone and finds that the density of Sumatran tigers has increased despite the continued threat of living in an ‘In Danger’ World Heritage Site.…


Clouded leopard population down to ‘around 750’ in key region of Borneo

A new study led by Oxford scientists has produced the first robust estimate of the number of Sunda clouded leopards remaining in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.…


Chagas disease drug-development is being limited by gaps in our knowledge of parasite biology

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is  by Amanda F. Francisco, Shiromani Jayawardhana, Michael D. Lewis, Martin C. Taylor, and John M.…


Aliens are more like us than we think

Hollywood films and Science-Fiction literature fuel the fantasy that aliens are other-worldly, monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But, new research suggests that we have more in common with our extra-terrestrial neighbours, than initially thought. In a new study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology scientists from the University of Oxford show for the first time how evolutionary theory can be used to support alien predictions and better understand their behaviour.