Fluorescent Coral

Corals Light Up

Corals light up as fluoro symbiosis found, according to Nature News 5 July 2017, Nature Middle East 20 July 2017 and Proceedings of the royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0320, published online 5 July 2017. Coral reefs have long been known as a classic example of symbiosis, consisting of a combination of coral polyps and algae. […]

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Reef Evolving Fast Enough

Reef evolving fast enough say James Cook University Marine Biologists in Science, 4 June 2005. Following a bleaching episode in 1998 involving half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, probably due to abnormally warm water which caused the coral to die, scientists have feared global temperatures were rising so fast coral would be unable […]

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Leaves and Microbes Share the Light

Leaves and microbes share the light, according to a report in Environmental Microbiology 13, 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02554.x published online 1 September 2011 and Science vol 333, p1551 16 September 2011. The surface of leaves is a good habitat for micro-organisms and some of these collect light in the same way that plants do using a molecule named […]

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Hairy Crab

Hairy crab found, according to reports in BBC News, and news@nature and ScienceNOW 8 March 2006. A crab that looks like a “cross between a gorilla and a lobster” has been found living near a hydrothermal vent at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean 1,500km (900miles) south of Easter Island. The white crab is 15cm […]

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Ginkgo Ghost Story

Ginkgo ghost story reported in ScienceNOW 9 August 2006. Gingko biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, is used as a source of herbal medicine. In 1992 a French cell biologist, Jocelyne Trémouillaux-Guiller from the Université François-Rabelais de Tours noticed that cell cultures used to produce ginkgo medicinal products contained “algal ghosts” – cell-like structures […]

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Termite Mounds

Termites Got to Australia on Trees?

Termites got to Australia on trees?, according to articles in ScienceDaily 21 February 2017, University of Sydney News 22 February 2017 and Biology Letters, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0665, 22 February 2017. An international group of scientists led by Nathan Lo of University of Sydney have carried out a study of the genomes of the termite subfamily Nasutitermitinae, […]

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Three Way Lichens

Three way lichens found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 21 July 2016, Science News videos 28 July 2016 and Science, 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8287. Lichens are the classic example of symbiosis, and have long been recognised as being a combination of two separate and distinct organisms combining to make a single functioning entity. Lichens consist of […]

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