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The first gene-edited birds – scientists are trying to fix our chickens

October 2, 2019

There are no wild chickens. It is an animal that humans pretty much invented by breeding wild fowls.…
Extreme breeding caused a whole array of health problems for Persian cats

September 28, 2019

Persian cats are very popular everywhere around the world. People love them for their looks – luxurious coat…
High standards of female songbirds could be driving their mates to evolve

September 9, 2019

Hearing longer love songs from songbirds in your backyard? Chalk it up to sexual preference – and high…
New NSF awards target breakthrough technologies to enhance food security

July 24, 2019

Imagine crops that required less water because a “wearable sensor” could “grow” along with a plant and provide…
How puffins catch food outside the breeding season

July 15, 2019

Little is known about how seabirds catch their food outside the breeding season but using modern technology, researchers…
The number of single male Magellanic penguins is rising at this breeding colony. Here’s why.

January 7, 2019

Like most of their stout-bodied, flippered kin, Magellanic penguins spend much of their lives in the ocean. From…
Sweet corn breeding set to make strides with USDA-funded project

September 28, 2018

Sweet corn breeding has lagged behind advances in field corn due to its smaller market footprint, but an…
Innovative Approach to Breeding Could Mean Higher Yields and Better Crops

August 13, 2018

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, have found a way to streamline the process that scientists…
Ancient American dogs almost completely wiped out by arrival of European breeds

July 10, 2018

The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th century, all but wiped out the dogs…
Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds

November 30, 2017

An international collaboration has for the first time revealed the key drivers of seabird migration. The new study suggests…
How did bird babysitting co-ops evolve?

June 26, 2017

The common understanding of evolution is that it is a battle for survival: one must either “scrunch or…
First Step Taken Toward Epigenetically Modified Cotton

June 5, 2017

With prices down and weather patterns unpredictable, these are tough times for America’s cotton farmers, but new research…
Wind, rain ruffle migratory birds’ breeding patterns

April 28, 2017

Wind and precipitation play a crucial role in advancing or delaying the breeding cycles of North American tree…
New breeding strategy to increase the export of Danish grasses

February 12, 2017

The global crop production is both facing new opportunities but also great challenges: the demand for biomass for…
Lack of opportunities promotes brood care

October 12, 2016

Male black coucals who care for their broods alone are just as successful as pairs of the closely…
Tapping Sorghum’s Genetic Potential

September 15, 2016

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum…
Male frogs have sex on land to keep competitors away

July 27, 2016

When it comes to the birds and the bees, frogs are remarkably diverse: They do it in water,…
Chilling findings are good news for koalas

June 29, 2016

University of Queensland research into the chilled storage of koala semen has major implications for the assisted breeding…
Risk-taking in birds is more contagious at certain times, research shows

June 15, 2016

Birds copy one another when trying new foods but will take more risks when doing so at different…
Plant cell wall development revealed in space and time for the first time

May 21, 2016

Scientists have mapped changes in composition of plant cell walls over space and time, providing new insights into…
Maize genome ‘dark matter’ discovery a boon for breeders

May 17, 2016

For astronomers, “dark matter” is the largely hypothetical substance that accounts for approximately 85 percent of the matter…
New finding shows that males can drive creation of new species

January 27, 2016

Evolutionary biologists often debate on whether sexual selection can lead to new species. Most studies have focused on…
Flying ants mate close to home and produce inbred offspring

October 23, 2015

The research, published in the journal American Naturalist, found that that the queen will often only fly as…
Agronomist explores the genetics that allow hybrid plants to perform better than parents

October 8, 2015

An Iowa State University agronomist has helped uncover the genetic mechanisms in sorghum plants that allow hybrids to…
Edible love gifts may influence female behaviour, suggests cricket study

October 8, 2015

Edible gifts given by male crickets to their female partners during mating contain unique proteins which could affect…
Harmonic pillow talk

October 7, 2015

The vocal repertoire of songbirds not only consists of complex song which is mainly uttered in the breeding…
Love’s Labours: study shows male lizards risk becoming lunch for a bird in order to attract a mate

September 27, 2015

In the animal kingdom, the flashiest males often have more luck attracting a mate. But when your predators…
Reef fish study reveals migratory mateship

September 24, 2015

New UTS research confirms that, when it comes to rabbitfish couples, appearances can be deceptive, raising fundamental questions…
Breeding study could save endangered long-beaked echidna

September 24, 2015

An echidna-breeding partnership between The University of Queensland and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has proved so successful that…
Female Mosquitofish Genitalia Evolve in Response to Predators, Interbreeding

August 27, 2015

Female fish in the Bahamas have developed ways of showing males that “No means no.” In an example…
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