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Image of the Day: Selfish Behavior

By | June 21, 2017

Wasps use figs as breeding safe havens, pollinating their fruit shelters in return. Some wasps, however, solipsistically use their figs without fertilizing any seeds. 

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Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting

By | July 25, 2016

A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.

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Parasite-Pathogen Partnership

By | March 7, 2016

Parasitic mites that transmit a honey bee-infecting virus may benefit from spreading the pathogen, a study shows.

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Mammal–Carnivorous Plant Mutualism

By | July 13, 2015

A pitcher plant species in Borneo attracts bat inhabitants by reflecting sonar signals from the flying mammals, advertising a cozy roost, and getting nitrogen-rich guano in return.

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Moths Are a Sloth’s Best Friend

By | January 22, 2014

Scientists propose that the three-toed sloth’s risky bathroom behavior is governed by mutualisms with moths and algae.

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From Parasites to Protectors

By | September 9, 2013

Socially parasitic ants can serve as protective symbionts for their fungus-growing hosts in the face of attacks by predatory raiding species.  

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Week in Review, May 20–24

By | May 24, 2013

Journals plagiarizing journals; new immune cells combat diabetes; TB-killing vitamin C; analog cell computers; real time fish memory; ant-pitcher plant mutualism

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Ants on Burglar Watch

By | May 22, 2013

An ant species that lives on a carnivorous pitcher plant keeps nutrient thieves from escaping by eating them.

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