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Botulism in waterbirds: Mortality rates and new insights into how it spreads

Botulism in waterbirds: Mortality rates and new insights into how it spreads

Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. During one season, more than 80 percent of gadwalls and black-winged stilts died. The botulinum toxin’s spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and which is well adapted to […]

Beaver Hills area named UNESCO biosphere reserve

Beaver Hills area named UNESCO biosphere reserve

Glynnis Hood, professor of environmental science at Augustana Campus, lives near Lake Miquelon and guides students’ research in the wetlands of the Beaver Hills area. An ecologically rich area of Alberta that is home to a University of Alberta research station and fertile ground for dozens of researchers over the years has won international recognition. […]

Gene blocking lettuce germination also regulates flowering time

Gene blocking lettuce germination also regulates flowering time

Kent Bradford, left, and Alfred Huo, seen here with a flowering lettuce plant, found that lettuce could be prevented from flowering by increasing the expression of a specific microRNA in the plants. The high levels of this microRNA prevent the plant from transitioning to adulthood and flowering, and the plant continues to make numerous baby […]

Empowering stakeholders: EU BON project shares know-how on biodiversity data policies

Empowering stakeholders: EU BON project shares know-how on biodiversity data policies

The challenge of integrating biodiversity data from remote sensing and in-situ (freshwater, marine, terrestrial). Credit: Wanetta Ayers, Johannes Penner Engagement with relevant political authorities and other stakeholders is of crucial importance for a research project, making sure its objectives are in tune with the real-world problems and its results provide adapted solutions. The EU FP7 […]

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