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24 November 2017

Camponotini ant species have their own distinct microbiomes [Phys]

Camponotini ant species have their own distinct microbiomes and the bacteria may also vary by developmental stage, according to a study published November 22, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Manuela Oliveira Ramalho from the Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho", Brazil, and colleagues.

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24 November 2017

Farmland bird decline prompts renewed calls for agriculture overhaul [The Guardian]

Official figures show a 9% decline between 2010-15 in birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland.

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23 November 2017

Quels nouveaux modèles agricoles pour faire face aux changements globaux ? [The Conversation]

Pendant des siècles, l’agriculture a été considérée comme une simple activité dédiée à la production de nourriture pour les humains (directement et via l’élevage) et à celle de fibres pour l’industrie textile.
Une mutation s’est opérée au cours des dernières décennies : le système agraire se retrouve au centre de nouvelles pressions et attentes sociales.

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22 November 2017

Refining pesticides to kill pests, not bees [Phys]

Pyrethroid pesticides are effective. Sometimes too effective.
Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study, featured in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that molecular tweaks can make the difference.

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21 November 2017

Albatross populations in decline from fishing and environmental change [Phys]

The populations of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses have halved over the last 35 years on sub-antarctic Bird Island according to a new study published today (20 November) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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