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Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Journal of Insect Science
Nanopillars on drone fly larvae allow them to avoid bacterial contamination
Rat-tailed maggots are known to live in stagnant, fetid water that is rich in bacteria, fungi, and algae. However, they are able to avoid infection by these microorganisms due to nanopillars on their cuticles.

Contact: Richard Levine
Entomological Society of America

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Journal of Medical Entomology
Argentinian researchers develop trap for mosquito that transmits Zika
Argentinian researchers have developed a new trap that can be used to effectively monitor and control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary transmitter of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Técnica

Contact: Richard Levine
Entomological Society of America

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Cause of Maryland food poisoning outbreak traced to Asia
Vibrio parahaemolyticus caused an outbreak of food poisoning in Maryland in 2010. The pathogen strain sequenced from patients proved to be the same strain as one of those found in raw oysters from local restaurants, strong evidence that the oysters were the source of the illness. That particular strain of V. parahaemolyticus was not local, but was traced to Asia. The research is published March 18 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Contact: Aleea Khan
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Diversity and Distributions
Mediterranean loggerhead turtles dying in waters off the Middle East and North Africa
Robin Snape, a postgraduate research student with the Marine Turtle Research Group at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Penryn Campus and a team of fellow conservation biologists found that many adult loggerhead turtles are migrate to areas of the Mediterranean where they are dying, trapped in fishing nets used by small scale fishing operations in Cyprus, the Middle East and North Africa.

Contact: Duncan Sandes
University of Exeter

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
UGA Skidaway Institute starts study on dynamic Cape Hatteras waters
Sometimes called the 'graveyard of the Atlantic' because of the large number of shipwrecks there, the waters off Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast are some of the least understood on US's eastern seaboard. University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Dana Savidge is leading a team, which includes UGA Skidaway Institute scientist Catherine Edwards, to investigate the dynamic forces that characterize those waters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mike Sullivan
University of Georgia

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Current methods cannot predict damage to coral reefs
Coral reefs are severely endangered by a warming and increasingly acidic ocean. Although species-level effects have been studied, these pieces of the puzzle have not been assembled into a broader view. Ecosystem-level effects may be more severe than is currently anticipated.
National Science Foundation, Moorea Coral Reef LTER, California State University -- Northridge

Contact: James Verdier
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Scientific Data
New database gives scientists hope for helping coral reefs
With the future of coral reefs threatened now more than ever, researchers have announced the release of a new global database that enables scientists and managers to more quickly and effectively help corals survive their many challenges.

Contact: Sean Connolly
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Researchers show corals struggle to grow under multiple stressors
A new study from researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals. The findings have important implications for the resilience of coral reefs to climate change.
MOTE Marine Laboratories/Protect Our Reefs

Contact: Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Fossil discovery suggests size poor predictor of maturity in ancient reptiles
Asilisaurus grew similarly to living crocodilians in that individuals of both species display varied growth patterns.
National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates, Virginia Tech

Contact: Steven Mackay
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2016
This tip sheet includes: ORNL researchers focus on minimizing impact of natural and man-made disasters hit; Aberrated probes helping to detect magnetic properties in materials; Thermoelectric heat pump dryer potentially uses 40 percent less energy; ORNL researchers discover structures designed to monitor fish movement are potential obstacles.

Contact: Ron Walli
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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