Microbes in flowers are crucial to bees' diets, in that sense, changes in the microbiome could be starving insects - ask an entomologist what makes a bee a bee, and you'll probably get some version from "bees are just wasps that became vegetarians."
A new report from Friends of the Earth and Logos Environmental reveals that the use of gene editing in farm animals poses risks to human health, the environment and animal welfare. The report compiles evidence from peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating the research gaps and the unknown and unintended consequences of gene editing in animals.
The blue whale is the largest animal ever known on the planet. Here's what you need to know about the majestic marine mammal. Imagine in your mind a 10-story-tall animal walking down the street and you'll probably start channeling images of Godzilla or King Kong. But if you imagine it as a marine mammal and put it on its side, swimming ... now you have a blue whale.
Some animals live in permanent disguise all year long: they are adept at camouflage. These are animals with the ability of mimicry, an ability that certain living beings have to resemble other organisms and their own environment to obtain some advantage. Thus, they can look like leaves, flowers, or even a ferocious creature to avoid being attacked.
Known as the giants of the jungle, elephants are vital to the ecosystem and biodiversity, and according to those in the know, it is believed that in the absence of conservation efforts, these pachyderms may become extinct in the coming years. There are several reasons for this, and one of the biggest problems, which could well be avoided, is illegal hunting.
The so-called cobwebs, spider webs are a work of engineering by design and resistance. They serve as traps and are made of more than five types of silk, which differ from each other due to their composition based on proteins and water.Despite the differences between these networks, a spider web always meets the following conditions: it combines at least three of these: a hunting net, made of sticky, stretchy silk; a framework net, with more consistent and less elastic threads; and an anchor net, made of thick and stiff silk.
A new scientific study from Flinders University (Australia) has found that the world's clownfish population may be in serious danger, as artificial light reaching coral reefs may be causing damage to small fish. The main reason would be because this artificial light, which produces different types of light due to the profusion of constructions on the coast and the development of ports and docks, affect the conservation of the clown fish eggs, which would see their reproductive capacity affected by this natural phenomenon.
When you think of eating low-fat underwater proteins that contain omega-3 fatty acids, you tend to associate eating fish with a healthier way to satisfy your stomach. I mean, who doesn't love sushi or a good seafood stew? The truth is, times have changed, and the days of antibiotic-free, pollution-free bodies of water and fish are long gone.