Tag: parasites

February 10, 2017

Shrews offer insight into ecological changes in warming Arctic

Parasites don’t get much respect, but researchers have found they can offer important clues about climate change. As Arctic temperatures warm, recent research suggests, parasites in small mammals such as...

February 6, 2017

Student Research project: Parasites prevalent in bulls and juvenile bison

While interning with The Nature Conservancy in South Dakota in August 2015, Lisa Zoromski, a University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point senior, found that bulls and juveniles in the free-ranging...

November 17, 2016

WSB Study: How do brown-headed cowbirds pick nests to parasitize?

Brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) parasitize nests of songbirds by sneaking in, laying their eggs in the nest and watching as songbirds of another species raise the cowbird chicks as their...

October 7, 2016

The varroa mite invasion and its aftermath

Many investors will remember 1987 as the year the stock market fell nearly 23 percent in a single day. The crash was so sudden and precipitous that it is forever...

November 3, 2015

Monarch Study Shows Good Habitat May Be All in the Earth

Conservation programs looking to restore monarch butterfly habitat by planting vegetation for butterflies to lay their eggs should pay more attention to local plant varieties and quality soil, according to...

September 18, 2015

Bees Have Ways of Self-Medicating

It seems to make sense that chemicals such as alkaloids would be found in stems and leaves of plants and flowers as a way to deter potential herbivores. But it...

September 1, 2015

The Song Within: Parasites Could Temper Cricket Noise

Parasites may be able to affect the way that crickets use mating calls to suit their best interests, according to a new study. “Whether it’s an evolutionary adaptation, we can’t...

June 29, 2015

Biodiversity Could Be a Buffer Against Parasites, Disease

The richer an ecosystem is in biodiversity, the more resistant it could be to parasites and the spread of disease, according to a new study. “Our study shows that biodiversity...

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June 26, 2015

Researchers Survey Alaskan Native Bumble Bees

It had been almost 50 years since researchers last recorded data about native bumble bees in Alaska. But in a recent study, researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and...