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Current diversity pattern of North American mammals a ‘recent’ trend

In a study of fossils spanning 63 million years, University of Illinois animal biology professor Jonathan Marcot and his colleagues found that current patterns of mammal biodiversity in North America are a relatively recent phenomenon.

Publication Date: 13 June 2016


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Researcher studies how animals puncture things

Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson and his colleagues found that increasing the speed of a projectile enhances its ability to puncture an object more effectively than increasing its mass.

Publication Date: 23 April 2016


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Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen

Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees.

Publication Date: 05 April 2016


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Fixing a Broken Theory of Nature

Scientists are trying to tweak a well-known model of ecological change to account for environmental fluctuations

Publication Date: 05 April 2016


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Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity–or lack thereof, study finds

University of Illinois plant biology professor James Dalling, graduate student Adriana Corrales and their colleagues found that fungi that associate with tree roots can profoundly influence plant diversity in a tropical forest.

Publication Date: 24 February 2016


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Publication Date: 12 February 2016


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Forget butterflies and bees, box like an ant

Study measures speed of trap-jaw ant boxing

Publication Date: 12 February 2016


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Before nature selects,
gene networks steer a course for evolution

Biologists and mathematicians at the University of Illinois work together to examine the developmental sources of variation within and between species

Publication Date: 09 February 2016


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2016 World of Biology Photo Competition

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5 pm
Exhibit of Entries: 2-4 PM, April 29, 2016
277 Morrill Hall

Publication Date: 09 February 2016


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Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

Plant biology professor Evan DeLucia and co-authors found that the renewable fuel standard’s greater emphasis on second-generation biofuel can reduce emissions greatly despite economic considerations.

Publication Date: 29 January 2016