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Crop Coalescence

By | March 5, 2014

While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.

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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  

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Biodiversity = More (and Better) Coffee

By | February 11, 2014

Study finds that coffee plants grown in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro produce more coffee beans of a better quality if they are surrounded by thriving plant and animal communities.

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For the Greater Good?

By | January 27, 2014

Pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores appear to support plant biodiversity in the rainforests.

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Genomes Gone Wild

By | January 1, 2014

Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species.

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Week in Review: September 9–13

By | September 13, 2013

A new type of stem cell; a parasitic ant species protects its hosts; reasons for biodiversity among tropical amphibians; transforming translational research

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Drivers of Tropical Diversity

By | September 10, 2013

Researchers pinpoint rapid speciation, reduced extinction rates as reasons for increased diversity among tropical amphibians.

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Ocean Acidity Affects Climate

By | August 27, 2013

Acidification of the oceans may lead to lower sulfur levels in the atmosphere, worsening the effects of climate change.

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Loss of Bees Bad for Plants

By | July 23, 2013

Removing just a single bee species from an ecosystem can decrease the ability of the remaining species to pollinate plants.

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New Giant Viruses Break Records

By | July 22, 2013

Two newly discovered giant viruses are bigger than many bacteria and carry massive and largely unique genomes that hint at new branches of life.

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