Plant functional traits are viewed as key to predicting important ecosystem and community properties among biogeographic regions. However, a recent study led by Elisabeth Forrestel GRD ’15 challenges the trait-based approach to predicting ecosystem function by demonstrating that different combinations of functional traits can act to maximize net primary productivity, a community property, in a given environmental setting.
DNA methylation plays an important role in gene expression and cancer, and a new paper in Nature Methods presents a novel method for determining methylation sites using Nanopore sequencing.
Studying the center of certain types of wounds shows how skin with fat, hair, and sweat glands actually are the key to healing wounds. This could offer new insight into the way we treat serious wounds!
The flight patterns and agility of bats have long fascinated scientists. Now, a team of researchers have created a fully self-contained, autonomous flying robot that weighs 93 grams, called Bat Bot (B2), that mimics the morphological properties of bat wings and has important implications for animal flight analysis.
The influence of pathogens, either directly or indirectly, to manipulate vector microbiota for their own benefit, has not been very well described. This study has demonstrated that a pathogen can effectively “trick” vector microbiota and enhance infection. This allows better colonization of the vector.