Evidence shows that culling endangered flying foxes is unnecessary

In an effort to reduce damage to fruit orchards on the island, the Mauritian Government has just announced (27 October 2018) a further cull of the Endangered Mauritian flying fox Pteropus niger.…


Marine protected areas and marine spatial planning for the benefit of marine mammals

The world’s oceans that make up more than 70% of the earth’s surface face a wide range of human pressures. This applies particularly to the coastal zone, where marine mammal communities in almost 50% of the world’s coastal waters are considered at high-risk.…


A promising approach to optimize pig genomics

The animal article of the month for November is ‘Genotype imputation from various low-density SNP panels and its impact on accuracy of genomic breeding values in pigs‘ The rapid increase in the world population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, needs to be accompanied by a substantial increase in food production.…


Flying beetles, stinging nettles and jellyfish

Tracking the invasive Rhinoceros Beetle in Hawai’i, studying how stinging nettles inject their toxin, and investigating the mechanism used by jellyfish to attack their prey – step inside the latest in Fluid Mechanics research.…


Citizen Science: establishing national bird monitoring schemes in Africa

Birds are recognised as faithful indicators of the state of the environment and widely used as such across Europe. Here skilled citizen scientists collect data that feed into national annual statistics, but until now, this model of environmental monitoring has not been tested elsewhere.  In our innovative paper we show how, with appropriate support, citizen science-based monitoring programmes for birds can be established in Africa, yielding vital data and insights into environmental change.…


Engineering nature to make materials

New research published within MRS Bulletin explores how materials engineers are 'hacking life' using synthetic biology. This exciting new research could lead to sustainable solutions that benefit the health and technology industries.


Research Confirms New Reports of Glyphosate-Resistant Junglerice

For more than a decade, growers have waged a high-profile battle against glyphosate-resistant pigweed. But pigweed is by no means the only weed resistant to glyphosate.…


Co-management of protected areas: How does it help mitigate and prevent conflicts from escalating?

Although protected areas serve as refuges for wild plants and animals, they are also places of negative human–wildlife interactions, or conflicts.…


The current state of parasite discovery and taxonomy

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘The geography of parasite discovery across space and over time’ by Robert Poulin and Fátima Jorge.…


A New Herbicide for Watermelon Crops?

Watermelon growers face tough weed control challenges. One example: Crop seedlings need to be planted with plenty of elbow room – leaving wide spaces where broadleaf and grassy weeds can become established and reduce yields.…


Using sugars to diagnose cutaneous leishmaniasis

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘Anti-α-Gal antibodies detected by novel neoglycoproteins as a diagnostic tool for Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania major’ by Krishanthi S.…


Changes in livestock farming required

The animal article of the month for October is ‘Opinion paper: What needs to be changed for successful future livestock farming in Europe?’ The authors of this opinion paper formulate that the future success of the European livestock farming sector is at a critical stage, at least if success includes besides positive economic output, non-market values such as public acceptance of practices and sustainability issues.…