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The parachute plant Ceropegia sandersonii has an organ called a corona, which works as a 'fly filter'. Incoming flies are only released in exchange for pollination...


Continue reading 02 February 2021   3 mnd oud

Nepenthes are iconic carnivorous plants from Southeast Asia. With little uncovered about the developmental progression of their insect alluring traps, and a new tool morphing onto the scene of agriculture and industry, here,..


Continue reading 09 January 2021   4 mnd oud

The water levels of the Caspian Sea will be 9 to 18 meters lower than they are now, German and Dutch researchers calculate. In the Nature-journal Communications Earth & Environment they urge the world to act...


Continue reading 26 December 2020   4 mnd oud
Pinnixa cyllindrica

Two hundred years’ worth of literature and CT-scanned models give new insights in the evolution of pea crabs. Pea crabs are considered to be parasitic, living inside and on a wide range of hosts, including bivalves, ascidians and..


Continue reading 12 December 2020   5 mnd oud
Viool met onderdelen van ebbenhout.

Due to overharvesting, all ebony wood from Madagascar has been legally protected since 2013. Black ebony is a highly valuable source of wood that is often used in parts of acoustic string instruments. Wood anatomy - the study of..


Continue reading 07 November 2020   6 mnd oud

During a scientific expedition to the Caribbean island Bonaire, a team of scientists discovered a new host for the parasitic gall crab Opecarcinus hypostegus. The little crabs live inside holes in hard coral species, like the new..


Continue reading 22 October 2020   6 mnd oud
Snails with wings compilation

Pteropods, abundant aragonitic calcifying plankton, are the equivalent of 'canaries in the coal mine' for our acidifying oceans. Researchers have shown that two major groups of pteropods have Cretaceous origins and hence, must..


Continue reading 25 September 2020   7 mnd oud

The first record of the Gold-fringed Pygmy in Germany prompted a review of this elusive species in Europe. More than half of the known specimens originate from just two countries: 17 from England and 11 from the Netherlands. Is..


Continue reading 16 September 2020   8 mnd oud

The most commonly used method for the taxonomic identification of tree trunks is wood anatomy. The number of experts with a long-term training is decreasing, however, while the technology continues to develop. Wood anatomists from..


Continue reading 06 September 2020   8 mnd oud
Phalaenopsis equestris

Butterfly orchid flowers evolved into different shapes in adaptation to their pollinators. Dewi Pramanik (Naturalis Biodiversity Center) and colleagues reveal the evolutionary origin of three highly specialized orchid floral..


Continue reading 29 August 2020   8 mnd oud

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