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Ecology News

Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD), has been named the Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State.
The Huck Institutes are now soliciting applications for a second round of J. Lloyd Huck Dissertation Research Grants (previously known as Huck Graduate Enrichment Awards) -- giving exceptional Huck graduate students up to $5,000 to spend on their individual research projects.
Huck researchers attempt to guide and improve conservation success through studying the Mojave Desert tortoise.
New genetic research reveals that a small group of hunter-gatherers now living in Southern Africa once was so large that it comprised the majority of living humans during most of the past 150,000 years.
Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.
A new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks is being proposed by a team of epidemiologists led by two Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes. The team's flexible approach could save many lives and millions of dollars.
David Hughes understands, maybe better than most, the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income.
Change in disturbance regimes -- rather than a change in climate -- is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to researcher Marc Abrams.
Ecology faculty member and Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics researcher Dr. Matt Ferrari studies long-term trends in childhood infectious diseases.
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers including Mark Mescher, Consuelo De Moraes, and Andrew Read, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
On BBC's Newsnight, Victoria Braithwaite discusses science, business, and ethics in commercial fish harvesting.
New research reveals that Caribbean corals and the algae that inhabit them form a remarkably stable relationship new knowledge that can serve as an important tool in preserving and restoring vital reef-building corals.
Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate John Tooker.
Ottar Bjornstad, Squire Booker, and James Broach are among seven Penn State faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Which females do male lizards find to be the sexiest? Huck Institutes affiliate Tracy Langkilde and Lindsey Swierk, a graduate student in Langkilde's lab, tackle this question by examining the mating behavior and blue-color patterns of fence lizards in Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi.
With support from a $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an international team led by Huck Institutes affiliate Jonathan Lynch will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans.
Ecology doctoral candidate Jenny Tennessen focuses her research on bioacoustics.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of entomology, Consuelo De Moraes will be honored at the Society's 61st annual meeting.