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Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species

(University of York) Set-aside patches of high-quality forest on palm oil plantations may help protect species like orangutans, as well as various species of insects, birds and bats — many of which are threatened with extinction in areas of Indonesia and Malaysia, where 85% of the world’s palm oil is produced.

Kickstarting solutions

(Stanford University) The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has awarded nine proposals as part of its 2019 Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) grants. Both programs provide funding for interdisciplinary research needed to solve major environmental problems. Such problems — ranging from long-neglected tropical diseases to managing groundwater supplies to drought-fueled wildfires — are too complex to be solved by any one discipline alone.

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Unlocking the nanoscale world on standard biology lab equipment

Standard optical microscopes can image cells and bacteria but not their nanoscale features which are blurred by a physical effect called diffraction. Now, researchers report a simple way to bypass diffraction limitations using standard optical imaging tools.

Unlocking the nanoscale world on standard biology lab equipment

Standard optical microscopes can image cells and bacteria but not their nanoscale features which are blurred by a physical effect called diffraction. Now, researchers report a simple way to bypass diffraction limitations using standard optical imaging tools.

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Digging deeper for climate solutions: deep-root GMOs could feed world and store carbon

Scientists are experimenting
with new genetic modification technology that will “supercharge” plants to
enhance what they are already recognized for excelling at – sequestering carbon.
As the world scrambles to find innovative mitigation solutions, plants have
been doing what they quietly perfected over millions and millions of years –
taking carbon from the atmosphere and converting it into carbohydrates, energy
and oxygen. A recently published study shows one plant biology institute’s…

WPI biologist’s discovery gives evolution clues and may affect drug interaction research

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) A Nature Communications paper by Worcester Polytechnic Institute biologist Jagan Srinivasan has shown that a key biological component in the communication system of the nematode C. Elegans can be repurposed to take on a different job,. This critical finding about the workings of evolution could one day affect research into drug interactions, agricultural bio-engineering, and a better understanding of genetic inheritance through multiple generations.

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Genetic redundancy aids competition among bacteria in symbiosis with squid

(Penn State) The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup, which could allow for the mechanism to be expressed in different environments.