Can We Modify The Lungs Of Plants?

Since the nineteenth century, botanists know that the leaves have “pores”, called stomata, which contain an intricate internal network of air channels. But until now it was not understood how those channels formed in the right places to provide a constant flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) to each plant cell. A new study, led by Andrew Fleming and Marjorie …

Why Are Cicadas Turning Into Zombies?

Researchers at the University of West Virginia have discovered a fungus that affects cicadas called Massopora and that contains chemicals similar to those found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. The fungus causes them to lose their limbs and gives them eccentric behavior: males try to mate with everything they find, even if the fungus has already consumed their genitals …

Fish Are Losing Their Sense Of Direction Due To Smog

Smog has become the most toxic hallmark of the oceans and a serious threat to its inhabitants. Many species wander lost without being able to use their abilities to communicate, navigate and survive. Faced with the roar of ships and the smells they expel, sometimes they neither hear nor smell what really interests them to orient …

Crustaceans Could Save The Planet

Every year, somewhere in the region of six to eight million tons of waste is generated by the industry of crabs, shrimp and lobster shells. Depending on the country, these leftovers often return to the ocean or end up in landfills where plastic waste accumulates in a relentless manner. Recall that only 10% of plastic …

This Is The First Transgender Plant

The biologist Chris Martine has dedicated much of his work as a scientist to Solanaceaeplants, which includes potatoes, eggplant or pepper, among others. But what has drawn his attention the most are the unusual methods of reproduction of Solanum jobsonii, a new bush tomato species located in the Limmen National Park in northern Australia. It is an andromonoic plant, …

Why Are Forest Fires Getting Stronger?

There are more forest fires and they are getting bigger – but why? Researchers at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have analyzed this risk based on two realities: increasingly dry and hot summers and abundance of organic fuel in the surrounding lands. For the next few months, the National Interagency Fire Center forecasts a great season of …

Will We Be The Only Primates On The Planet?

World consumption of food and natural resources, together with an increasingly globalized economy, has created an expanding international market for agricultural products. This growth produces an increase in the area of ​​deforestation. The available evidence indicates that between 2001 and 2015, 1.6 million kilometers of forest were lost in the tropics due to human activities and that …

German Researches Study How Birds Synchronise Their Songs

If we look at a white-browed, male or female sparrow weaver, when he starts his melody we will see that one of his companions is immediately incorporated to sing a duet together. They make them in perfect tune. A team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen (Germany) wanted to study …

Studies Examine What Would Happen If All Cats Dissapeared

You may be a lover of these little cats or be completely indifferent. No matter which side you lean on, the reality is that you should be grateful that cats exist. According to Alan Beck from Purdue University, cats are expert predators and when necessary (due to changes in the ecosystem, abandonment, modification of the source of …