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UNH sails into the next generation of ocean mapping with NOAA grant

(University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have been awarded a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with Saildrone, Inc. of Alameda, CA, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to develop data quality tools for a new unmanned wind-powered sailboat-like vehicle capable of long-duration missions to collect vital ocean mapping information.

UConn study: Wing genes responsible for tiny treehopper’s extraordinary helmet

(University of Connecticut) Why the treehopper developed the enlarged, three-dimensional hood ornament that distinguishes it from the rest of the insect world remains a mystery to scientists, though it’s theorized that mimicry or camouflage designed to protect it from predators is a likely reason.But a study from researchers in UConn’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, published today in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, is shedding new light on a long-running debate over just how treehopper’s helmet evolved.

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How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?

Crops today never see their parents’ microbiome, so how do they develop a leaf microbial community that’s healthy and resistant to invasion by pathogens? Biologists sequenced the microbiomes of tomatoes through four generations and saw three-quarters of the bacteria disappear, leaving a core community that proved resistant to random invaders. The findings show it’s possible to cultivate a robust plant microbiome, and suggests that probiotic additions could survive on crops, providing lasting benefits.

Through the eyes of animals

(University of Queensland) Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software framework developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter.

Winning images of British Ecological Society photography competition announced

(British Ecological Society) An image of a Malagasy tree boa perched in a tree, taken by Roberto García Roa, has been awarded Overall Winner in the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, ‘Capturing Ecology.’