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Botany: He made plants a profession - Nature.com

Wed, 2017-06-21 17:01

Nature.com

Botany: He made plants a profession
Nature.com
Hooker's numerous expeditions took him to remote regions, and he wrote foundational works on plant classification, such as The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror in 1839–1843 (1844–60); Handbook of the New Zealand ...

One of Africa's Largest Wildlife Relocations Begins - U.S. News & World Report

Wed, 2017-06-21 14:41

One of Africa's Largest Wildlife Relocations Begins
U.S. News & World Report
The South Africa-based Peace Parks Foundation said Wednesday that Zinave National Park will receive 500 animals from Gorongosa, another Mozambican park recovering since the war ended in 1992, and about 6,000 from the Sango wildlife area in ...

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Frog fossils tell us something new about rain patterns on South ... - Phys.Org

Wed, 2017-06-21 12:26

Phys.Org

Frog fossils tell us something new about rain patterns on South ...
Phys.Org
Around 5.1 million years ago, fascinating and now extinct animals like sabre-toothed cats, wolverines and short-necked giraffe roamed the west coast of South ...

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Africa: Exposed - Uganda's Secret GMO Research - AllAfrica.com

Wed, 2017-06-21 12:26

AllAfrica.com

Africa: Exposed - Uganda's Secret GMO Research
AllAfrica.com
Kampala — Barbara Ntambirweki, a research fellow with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is preparing for a bit fight - against introduction into the country of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). ... Speaker of Parliament ...

African plant extract offers new hope for Alzheimer's - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Tue, 2017-06-20 19:42

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

African plant extract offers new hope for Alzheimer's
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham have found. Their study, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology ...

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Mathematical biology tackles destructive plant virus - Science Daily

Tue, 2017-06-20 19:16

EurekAlert (press release)

Mathematical biology tackles destructive plant virus
Science Daily
In sub-Saharan Africa, one plant disease in particular -- maize lethal necrosis -- is ravaging one of the region's preferred crops for food, feed and income. ... Their research results, published this month in a study in the journal Phytopathology ...
Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematicsEurekAlert (press release)

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Teeth Tell Tale of Hippo's Quick Spread Across Africa - Scientific American

Tue, 2017-06-20 17:00

Scientific American

Teeth Tell Tale of Hippo's Quick Spread Across Africa
Scientific American
“Thanks to this site, we can document how this sudden burst of hippos occurred in the fossil record,” says co-author Jean-Renaud Boisserie, a palaeontologist at France's National Center of Scientific Research in Poitiers and at the French Centre for ...

Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematics - EurekAlert (press release)

Tue, 2017-06-20 16:03

EurekAlert (press release)

Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematics
EurekAlert (press release)
An international team of researchers has used mathematical modelling to understand new ways of combating maize lethal necrosis, an emerging disease that poses a serious threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. ... is made in farmer training, this ...

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2017-2022 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Animal Hormones Market Share, Trends, Growth Analysis ... - Medgadget (blog)

Tue, 2017-06-20 09:37

2017-2022 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Animal Hormones Market Share, Trends, Growth Analysis ...
Medgadget (blog)
The report of “Animal Hormones Market” provides the detailed segmentation in terms of types, applications, manufacturers and regions. The current market scenario and future growth has also covered in this report. The research also offers manufacturing ...

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Every year, thousands of drowned wildebeest feed this African ecosystem - Science Magazine

Mon, 2017-06-19 19:11

Science Magazine

Every year, thousands of drowned wildebeest feed this African ecosystem
Science Magazine
The wildebeest migration is the world's most massive animal movement: 1.2 million animals cross the savanna in an 1800-kilometer circuit between Kenya and Tanzania as they follow the rains. They consume more than 4500 tons of grass every day and ...
How The Mass Drownings of Wildebeest Feed the Serengeti - The ...The Atlantic
Wildebeest feast: Mass drownings fuel the Mara River ecosystemPhys.Org

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Africats to the Purr-ymids: DNA study reveals long tale of cat domestication - The Guardian

Mon, 2017-06-19 17:06

Voice of America

Africats to the Purr-ymids: DNA study reveals long tale of cat domestication
The Guardian
Scientists extracted DNA from the bones, teeth, hair and skin of more than 200 long-dead animals found at sites in the Near East, Africa and Europe. The material shows that all tamed cats today descend from the African wildcat or Felis silvestris ...
Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA ShowsNational Geographic
Domestication genetics: The career of the cosmopolitan catEurekAlert (press release)
Science Says: DNA Shows Early Spread of Cats in Human WorldVoice of America
Science Magazine -Science Daily -BBC News
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A Brief History of Field Work on Giraffe before the Year 2000 - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Mon, 2017-06-19 16:50

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

A Brief History of Field Work on Giraffe before the Year 2000
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
I was the first to study this wonderful animal nearly 50 years before that, and soon other giraffe biologists were studying their behavior as well. Here is a brief description of what was accomplished. Further information about these scientific studies ...

Amid obstacles, Central African Republic Opts for Progress with Nuclear Technology - International Atomic Energy Agency

Mon, 2017-06-19 14:37

International Atomic Energy Agency

Amid obstacles, Central African Republic Opts for Progress with Nuclear Technology
International Atomic Energy Agency
Bangui, Central African Republic — After years of insecurity and internal strife, authorities and scientists from the Central African Republic are again turning to nuclear and nuclear-related techniques for development. From increasing soil fertility ...

Quest for Clues to Humanity's First Fires - Scientific American

Mon, 2017-06-19 11:17

Scientific American

Quest for Clues to Humanity's First Fires
Scientific American
Some scientists believe that cooking food propelled their evolution. Credit: Ryan Somma Flickr ... Those early people likely butchered animals and fashioned stone tools, and Hlubik, a graduate student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey ...

NMSU doctoral student receives NASA fellowship - Las Cruces Sun-News

Sat, 2017-06-17 18:49

NMSU doctoral student receives NASA fellowship
Las Cruces Sun-News
When you think about West African savannas, elephants and lions may come to mind. But … termites? Brianna Lind was studying abroad in South Africa as an undergraduate student at Colby College when she found out she would be learning about termites, ...

Scientists Scramble to Understand the Invisible Creatures Around Us Before It's Too Late - Truth-Out

Sat, 2017-06-17 16:46

Scientists Scramble to Understand the Invisible Creatures Around Us Before It's Too Late
Truth-Out
The conditions are too harsh for most plant and animal life, but countless unidentified microbes thrive here. The researchers, led by Don Cowan, a microbiologist at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, are on a quest to survey the Namib's ...

Animals Always — Loving the Longnecks - The Missourian

Fri, 2017-06-16 20:17

The Missourian

Animals Always — Loving the Longnecks
The Missourian
This enigmatic African animal has long had a secret: Recent genetic analysis suggests that the giraffe is not one, but four separate species: the southern giraffe, found mainly in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana; the Masai giraffe, of Tanzania ...
Giraffe Surveillance Reaches New Heights with GPS Tracking Project in Northern KenyaTimes of San Diego

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'Devil weeds' threaten wildebeest migrations in Serengeti - New Scientist

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:02

New Scientist

'Devil weeds' threaten wildebeest migrations in Serengeti
New Scientist
WITH names like “devil's weed” and “famine weed”, perhaps it's little wonder that these invasive plant species threaten to disrupt one of the great wonders of the natural world: the annual migration of 2 million animals across the savannahs of eastern ...

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Ancient DNA shakes up the elephant family tree - Science News Magazine

Tue, 2017-06-13 19:13

Ancient DNA shakes up the elephant family tree
Science News Magazine
The first genetic analysis of DNA from fossils of straight-tusked elephants reveals that the extinct animals most closely resembled modern African forest elephants. This suggests that straight-tusked elephants were part of the African, not Asian ...

West Africa Tortoise Research Centre opens at Assin Homaho - Ghana News Agency

Tue, 2017-06-13 19:06

West Africa Tortoise Research Centre opens at Assin Homaho
Ghana News Agency
Assin-Homaho (C/R), June 13, GNA – A multi-purpose West Africa Tortoise Research Centre has been opened at Assin Homaho, a farming community in the Assin South District of the Central Region. The Centre, first of its kind in Africa, is solely devoted ...