Battling Chinese Privet? You can get great control with significantly less herbicide than you think

Chinese privet is a common fixture in the southeastern United States – typically found growing in dense thickets along roadsides, on rights of way and in forests.…


Timber concessions may provide valuable additional conservation land for elephants

Forest elephants are found to occupy timber concession forests in Cameroon within areas currently deemed ‘unlikely’ by IUCN, according to a scientific study published in Oryx —The International Journal of Conservation.…


Managing egg incubation to benefit chicken bone strength

The animal article of the month for April is ‘Incubation and hatch management: consequences for bone mineralization in Cobb 500 meat chickens‘ Following two field observations of newly hatched chicks that had soft bones and were having difficulty standing,  we wanted to find out what causes soft bones and, what could be done to prevent this from occurring in the future.   We also wanted to improve the standing ability of meat chickens.…


Are genetically engineered crops really the main culprit?

Today genetically engineered, glyphosate-resistant crops are often singled out as a major contributor in the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds. But a new data analysis featured in the journal Weed Science shows it may be time to revisit that common assumption.…


New study on the snow leopard in Mongolia reveals potential threats from increasing livestock

The study published in Oryx–The International Journal of Conservation indicates that increasing livestock numbers to supply the global market of cashmere have a negative impact on snow leopard’s wild prey, the Siberian ibex, and could undermine the long-term viability of the snow leopard itself.…


Acceleration of growth disturbs health

The animal article of the month for March is ‘Invited review: resource allocation mismatch as pathway to disproportionate growth in farm animals – prerequisite for a disturbed health‘ Resources are nutrients and energy which must be properly used during growth and development, and later on for performance.…


Are sacred caves still safe havens for the endemic bats of Madagascar?

Caves have been held in awe by humans for millennia. Not only have they offered us shelter and accommodated potential prey, for many societies they also held a profound spiritual significance, acting as a final resting place for the ancestors and often being perceived as gateways to the afterlife.…


The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Invited review: a position on The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)‘ The livestock sector is one of the fastest growing subsectors of the agricultural economy and it makes a major contribution to global food supply and economic development.…


All hyped up about CRISPR/Cas9 in apicomplexan parasites

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘New and emerging uses of CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically manipulate apicomplexan parasites’ by Manlio Di Cristina and Vern B.…


Exploring the Genetic diversity of Blastocystis in non-primate animals

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘Genetic diversity of Blastocystis in non-primate animals’ by Emma L. Betts, Eleni Gentekaki, Adele Thomasz, et al.…


Scientists identify key factors that help microbes thrive in harsh environments

Studies by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) scientists have identified key factors that help microbes survive in harsh environments.


X-ray micro-computed tomography (μCT): an emerging opportunity in parasite imaging

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘X-ray micro-computed tomography (μCT): an emerging opportunity in parasite imaging‘ by James D.…