BMC Zoology recently attended the International Conference on Behavior, Physiology and Genetics in Wildlife, organized by the Leibniz Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The conference offered a wonderful mix of high caliber plenary speakers, an engaging social program and interesting talks around conservation and reproduction biology.
Monthly Archives: October 2017
New research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology finds that when co-founding a new colony, ant queens may bury other queens to avoid fungal infection. This behaviour, normally associated with workers, contrasts with typical views of ant queens who usually focus on reproduction rather than risky tasks.
October 16th 2017 marks World Food Day which is celebrated every year on the same date in recognition of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Historically and to this day, most World Food Day themes revolve around agriculture, supporting the notion that investment in cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock has huge potential for combating issues relating to hunger and poverty. Below, we look at this year’s theme and discuss related work published in BMC Public Health.
Curious and cute, pangolins are among the strangest of mammals. Here we discuss new research, recently published in BMC Genomics, that reshapes our thinking of the evolutionary relationships among pangolin species, with implications for the conservation of this severely endangered group.