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Ground squirrels use the sun to hide food - Science Daily

Mon, 2016-09-12 16:31

Nature World News

Ground squirrels use the sun to hide food
Science Daily
The position of the sun serves as a reference point for the animals, which live in southern Africa, to orient themselves and adjust the direction they are traveling in. ... Jamie Samson and Marta Manser from the Department of Evolutionary Biology and ...
Smart Animals: Ground Squirrel Use the Sun for NavigationNature World News

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A new pathogen in Africa causes anthrax-like disease in wild and domestic animals - Science Daily

Mon, 2016-09-12 14:31

A new pathogen in Africa causes anthrax-like disease in wild and domestic animals
Science Daily
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases reports that a related bacillus with distinct genetic and biological characteristics causes anthrax-like disease in chimps, gorillas, elephants, and goats from four different African countries ...

Hippo teeth reveal environmental change: Changed plant types ... - Science Daily

Mon, 2016-09-12 14:09

Science Daily

Hippo teeth reveal environmental change: Changed plant types ...
Science Daily
Loss of megaherbivores such as elephants and hippos can allow woody plants and non-grassy herbs and flowering plants to encroach on grasslands in African ...

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New blood test developed to tackle major livestock disease in Africa - Medical Xpress

Mon, 2016-09-12 12:51

Medical Xpress

New blood test developed to tackle major livestock disease in Africa
Medical Xpress
The University of Dundee and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) have partnered to develop a simple and effective device that tests for a cattle disease that is endemic in 40 African countries and accounts for up to a 50 ...

Environmental history encased in hippo teeth shows how poaching ... - ZME Science

Mon, 2016-09-12 10:57

ZME Science

Environmental history encased in hippo teeth shows how poaching ...
ZME Science
Poachers are destroying the delicate competitive balance between the two classes of plants in Africa's savannas.

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Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World - Santa monica Observed

Sun, 2016-09-11 16:18

Santa monica Observed

Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World
Santa monica Observed
Many of these livestock breeds are indigenous, adapted to local conditions with long agricultural and pastoral traditions. Africa alone is home to more than 150 cataloged breeds of cattle. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports ...

Biohackers: the DIY biologists out to barcode all Hong Kong's plants, insects and animals - South China Morning Post

Sat, 2016-09-10 23:00

South China Morning Post

Biohackers: the DIY biologists out to barcode all Hong Kong's plants, insects and animals
South China Morning Post
Grobler, who hails from South Africa, is the founder of DIYbio, a grass-roots initiative set up in March to build a community laboratory in Hong Kong where citizen scientists can come together to conduct biological experiments. ... The mission, they ...

Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World - Santa monica Observed

Sat, 2016-09-10 17:11

Santa monica Observed

Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World
Santa monica Observed
Many of these livestock breeds are indigenous, adapted to local conditions with long agricultural and pastoral traditions. Africa alone is home to more than 150 cataloged breeds of cattle. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports ...

Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World - Santa monica Observed

Fri, 2016-09-09 16:43

Santa monica Observed

Domestic Animal Breeds, such as Fowl and Cattle, Face Extinction Throughout the World
Santa monica Observed
Many of these livestock breeds are indigenous, adapted to local conditions with long agricultural and pastoral traditions. Africa alone is home to more than 150 cataloged breeds of cattle. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports ...

DNA Reveals Giraffes are 4 Species--Not 1 - Scientific American

Fri, 2016-09-09 14:45

Scientific American

DNA Reveals Giraffes are 4 Species--Not 1
Scientific American
One of the most iconic animals in Africa has a secret. A genetic analysis suggests that the giraffe is not one species, but 4 separate ones—a finding that could alter how conservationists protect these animals. Researchers ... Closer inspection of ...
Africa May Have New Giraffe Species—And This Could Help Protect ThemNational Geographic
1 Long Neck, 4 Species: New Giraffe Diversity RevealedLive Science
Researchers identify four different giraffe species in AfricaPulse Headlines
Science Magazine -Inhabitat -AllAfrica.com -IUCN Red List
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Dainty Eaters, Spiny Plants Helped Create Savanna - ValueWalk

Fri, 2016-09-09 13:51

ValueWalk

Dainty Eaters, Spiny Plants Helped Create Savanna
ValueWalk
The eating habits of antelopes and their relatives are responsible, at least in part, for the creation of the savanna, according to a new study. The finding provides an answer to one of the big questions in the Earth's ecological history. Scientists ...

Dundee research may hold key to tackling African cattle crisis - The Courier

Fri, 2016-09-09 11:38

The Courier

Dundee research may hold key to tackling African cattle crisis
The Courier
Dundee research may hold key to tackling African cattle crisis ... Now researchers at Dundee University have developed a simple and effective test, requiring only a single drop of blood, which can identify within 30 minutes whether an animal is ...
Diagnostic device to help detect African bovine diseasevet times (blog)

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Protecting the Western Cape's biological wonders - Deutsche Welle

Fri, 2016-09-09 09:43

Deutsche Welle

Protecting the Western Cape's biological wonders
Deutsche Welle
Home to more plant species than a tropical rainforest, South Africa's Cape Floristic Region is one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. Yet deforestation, fires, pollution, intensive farming and expanding urbanization are putting this habitat at risk ...

A new pathogen in Africa causes anthrax-like disease in wild and domestic animals - Phys.Org

Thu, 2016-09-08 18:00

Phys.Org

A new pathogen in Africa causes anthrax-like disease in wild and domestic animals
Phys.Org
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases reports that a related bacillus with distinct genetic and biological characteristics causes anthrax-like disease in chimps, gorillas, elephants, and goats from four different African countries ...
Africa: Mystery anthrax-like disease killing elephants, gorillas, chimps and goatsInternational Business Times UK

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Africa May Have New Giraffe Species—And This Could Help Protect Them - National Geographic

Thu, 2016-09-08 16:00

National Geographic

Africa May Have New Giraffe Species—And This Could Help Protect Them
National Geographic
As the world has turned its attention elsewhere, during the past 15 years numbers of the world's tallest animal have plummeted from an estimated 140,000 to around 90,000 today—what some scientists call a “silent extinction.” (See “Inside the Fight to ...
DNA Reveals Giraffes are 4 Species--Not 1Scientific American
1 Long Neck, 4 Species: New Giraffe Diversity RevealedLive Science
Researchers identify four different giraffe species in AfricaPulse Headlines
Inhabitat -AllAfrica.com -Christian Science Monitor -IUCN Red List
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Gates Grant Helps NC State Solve Molecular Mysteries - NC State News

Thu, 2016-09-08 15:04

Gates Grant Helps NC State Solve Molecular Mysteries
NC State News
An ongoing NC State partnership to defeat a disease of a key African food crop got a boost recently when the project received a $2.15 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers at NC State will work with their colleagues at the ...

Are 'Fairy Circles' Just the 'Ghosts' of Termite Nests? - Live Science

Thu, 2016-09-08 11:49

Live Science

Are 'Fairy Circles' Just the 'Ghosts' of Termite Nests?
Live Science
In a rebuttal published in PNAS this month, ecologist Fiona Walsh of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and her colleagues point to termites as the culprits behind these fairy circles. Walsh's team says ...

A wall of trees across the Sahara is cool – but we don't need it - New Scientist

Wed, 2016-09-07 15:12

New Scientist

A wall of trees across the Sahara is cool – but we don't need it
New Scientist
IT IS terraforming on a grand scale. A sinuous line of trees has started to spring up across the hottest, driest and widest part of Africa. Once finished, the band of green against gold will stretch from the Atlantic coast of Senegal, across the ...

No proof that shooting predators saves livestock - Science Magazine

Wed, 2016-09-07 13:05

Science Magazine

No proof that shooting predators saves livestock
Science Magazine
On 5 August, biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife ascended in a helicopter to shoot two members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, which had been preying on cattle in the state's northeast corner. After the cull failed to end ...

The thorny side of antelope evolution in Africa - News24

Wed, 2016-09-07 09:46

News24

The thorny side of antelope evolution in Africa
News24
Johannesburg – The arrival of medium and large antelope on African soil coincides with the evolution of thorn trees in the African savanna, according to research by the University of the Witwatersrand. Scientists found that trees like African acacias ...