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Scots study uncovers trafficking routes for pangolin - BBC News

Africa research news - 21 hours 33 min ago

BBC News

Scots study uncovers trafficking routes for pangolin
BBC News
Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle one of the world's most endangered animals out of Central Africa, new research has found. Pangolins are scaly, ant-eating mammals. Their meat is considered a delicacy and ...

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Ants practice combat triage and nurse their injured - Science News

Africa research news - Fri, 2018-02-16 19:18

Science News

Ants practice combat triage and nurse their injured
Science News
Yet for Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) in sub-Saharan Africa — with a mere 1,000 to 2,000 nest mates — treating the wounded can be worth it, says behavioral ecologist Erik Frank at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Tales of self ...

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Injectable birth control increases HIV risk by 40% - Healio

Africa research news - Fri, 2018-02-16 13:49

Injectable birth control increases HIV risk by 40%
Healio
“Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) used as a highly effective 3-monthly injectable contraceptive, Depo-Provera, acts differently to other progestins widely used in contraceptives,” Janet P. Hapgood, PhD, of the department of molecular and cell biology ...

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Action plan released to conserve one of Africa's richest sites for biodiversity - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 19:18

Phys.Org

Action plan released to conserve one of Africa's richest sites for biodiversity
Phys.Org
Grauer's gorilla. A team of scientists led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has developed a conservation blueprint to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa: the Albertine Rift, home to mountain and Grauer's gorillas, …more. A team ...

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Aksoy Labs combats the tsetse fly to protect Africa from sleeping sickness - Yale News

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:16

Yale News

Aksoy Labs combats the tsetse fly to protect Africa from sleeping sickness
Yale News
According to research scientist Paul Mireji who is visiting the Aksoy lab this month from Kenya, training in tsetse biology at Yale University has helped improve tsetse and trypanosomiasis control initiatives in Kenya and was critical for building a ...

Ravaged by a poorly studied disease, cacao trees are dying - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 14:44

Phys.Org

Ravaged by a poorly studied disease, cacao trees are dying
Phys.Org
"There is almost no knowledge about who and where the enemy is—let alone what actions are needed to ensure the longevity of the crop in the region for the short and long terms," says Judy Brown, a plant virologist at the University of Arizona's ...
UA researcher works on solution to potential chocolate crisisAZ Big Media

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New funding supports cassava development in Africa - Cornell Chronicle

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 14:28

Cornell Chronicle

New funding supports cassava development in Africa
Cornell Chronicle
A key goal in Phase 2 will be to identify traits preferred by farmers and end-users and incorporate them into new cassava lines. “Among the 30 new clones developed at IITA using our methods, 10 had higher dry matter yield than any clone currently ...
Cornell receives $35M to support cassava development for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaGlobal News Network

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Cornell receives $35M to support cassava development for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa - Global News Network

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 14:15

Global News Network

Cornell receives $35M to support cassava development for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa
Global News Network
“Among the 30 new clones developed at IITA using our methods, 10 had higher dry matter yield than any clone currently available for smallholder farmers in Nigeria,” said Jean-Luc Jannink, a research plant geneticist with the United States Department of ...

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East Africa's Albertine Rift needs protection now, scientists say - Mongabay.com

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 12:59

East Africa's Albertine Rift needs protection now, scientists say
Mongabay.com
The Albertine Rift in East Africa is home to more than 500 species of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Created by the stretching apart of tectonic plates, the unique ecosystems of the Albertine Rift are also under threat from ...

Can nuclear technology zap hunger in Central African Republic? - Reuters

Africa research news - Thu, 2018-02-15 12:10

Reuters

Can nuclear technology zap hunger in Central African Republic?
Reuters
Cassava is a versatile food, used to make pastes, soups, powders and animal feed. Its roots are boiled, fried and ground, and its leaves are eaten too. But today harvests are in danger. On top of the war that has seen armed groups take over swathes of ...

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Trespassing Poacher Found Eaten By A Pride Of South African Lions - Science Trends

Africa research news - Wed, 2018-02-14 19:34

Science Trends

Trespassing Poacher Found Eaten By A Pride Of South African Lions
Science Trends
... lions as the area is considered heavy lion territory by locals and he could have gotten caught unexpectedly by them. The area is usually known for rhino poaching because it is a more lucrative business than lion poaching. With many animals ...

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'Paramedic' Ants Are the First to Rescue and Heal Their Wounded Comrades - National Geographic

Africa research news - Wed, 2018-02-14 19:22

National Geographic

'Paramedic' Ants Are the First to Rescue and Heal Their Wounded Comrades
National Geographic
Published February 13, 2018Matabele ants, native to sub-Saharan Africa, lay siege to the termite colonies they eat by the hundreds, braving the potentially life-threatening bites of large soldier termites that defend them. But what really piqued ...
Medical care for wounded antsScience Daily
African ants take care of its wounded warriors: studyThe Hindu
These termite-hunting ants lick the severed legs of their friends to treat themThe Verge
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EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Animal Peptone Market Report 2018 - The Financial

Africa research news - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:31

EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Animal Peptone Market Report 2018
The Financial
HTF MI recently broadcasted a new study in its database that highlights the in-depth market analysis with future prospects of� Animal Peptone� market. The study covers significant data which makes the research document a handy resource for managers ...

Chocolate Facts, Effects & History - Live Science

Africa research news - Wed, 2018-02-14 15:49

Live Science

Chocolate Facts, Effects & History
Live Science
Theobroma cacao trees are native to the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America. They thrive in hot, humid areas within about 20 degrees of the equator, according to Cornell. As the popularity of chocolate spread, growers established ...

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African ants take care of its wounded warriors: study - The Hindu

Africa research news - Wed, 2018-02-14 07:23

The Hindu

African ants take care of its wounded warriors: study
The Hindu
African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to a report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. After collecting their wounded from the battlefield and carrying ...
Medical care for wounded antsScience Daily
These termite-hunting ants lick the severed legs of their friends to treat themThe Verge
Make way for the ant-bulance: Researchers see African ants treat each others' woundsThe Boston Globe
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Minnesota "captures" African animals to aid conservation: BTN LiveBIG - Big Ten Network

Africa research news - Tue, 2018-02-13 21:58

Big Ten Network

Minnesota "captures" African animals to aid conservation: BTN LiveBIG
Big Ten Network
Minneapolis is more than a few miles from the plains of the Serengeti, but that isn't stopping the University of Minnesota from enlisting the aid of citizen-scientists to help further conservation efforts in Africa. The university's Lion Center ...

Ask a Scientist: Where are humans from? - UT Daily Beacon

Africa research news - Tue, 2018-02-13 17:53

UT Daily Beacon

Ask a Scientist: Where are humans from?
UT Daily Beacon
In their eyes, humans are so separated from other animals there is no way that humans evolved from other animals. To most scientists, however, human evolution is an undeniable fact. The arguments then start to center around how Homo sapiens, the human ...

Connected Network in the battle to control plant disease in sub-Saharan Africa - Bizcommunity.com

Africa research news - Tue, 2018-02-13 08:46

Connected Network in the battle to control plant disease in sub-Saharan Africa
Bizcommunity.com
Scientists from 11 African countries and delegates from the UK and elsewhere recently joined in Bristol for the inaugural launch conference of Connected - a ground-breaking project which aims to build a sustainable network of international scientists ...

The science of skulls - Cody Enterprise

Africa research news - Mon, 2018-02-12 21:07

Cody Enterprise

The science of skulls
Cody Enterprise
... predator's homeland, where “forests and savannahs have shrunk and grown many times,” as the climate changed. “Habitat conditions are defined by rainfall,” Anco said, but even during the driest of periods when savannahs overtook much of the leopard ...