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Why some forests burn better than others

Forest fires are dramatic ecological events as they can wipe out most of the plants and animals within several kilometers in only a few hours and often also pose a major threat to human settlements. They have a positive ecological impact when occurring naturally because... click to read more

  • Elisa Dell'Aglio | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 19, 2015
Tara Oceans Expedition sequences the ocean

The Tara Oceans consortium recently published five scientific papers in the journal Science presenting the initial wave of scientific results from the first six years of the project.1-5 The findings show the extraordinary diversity of plankton in the world’s oceans, uncover many of the... click to read more

  • Chris Bowler | CNRS Director of Research at Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris, France
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published on Nov 24, 2015
An exoplanet surrounded by an atmosphere larger than its star

In the past 20 years, scientists have discovered many planets around other stars than the Sun. Nearly half of these so-called exoplanets orbit extremely close to their star (more than ten times closer than Mercury revolves around the Sun in our Solar System), raising many... click to read more

  • Vincent Bourrier | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Astronomy, Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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published on Nov 26, 2015
A dangerous habit: bees prefer pesticide-contaminated nectar

The impact of pesticides on pollinators is an important factor for the future of world food security, as well as a hotly debated and controversial topic. Pollinating insects like bees help to increase the yields of many food crops but, in doing so, are inadvertently... click to read more

  • Sébastien Kessler | Research Associate at Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2016
The use of neonicotinoid pesticides affects wild bee populations

Bees are more than honey-makers. They pollinate crops and hence are key elements in our food production. Honeybees, wild bee species such as bumblebees and solitary bees, butterflies, wasps, and flies, all provide an invaluable work of pollination. In fact, a third of the food... click to read more

  • Maria Sentandreu | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 10, 2016