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Interaction of a pathogen with its host: The Talaromyces marneffei cell wall and its role in pathogenicity
Fungal pathogens are ubiquitous and are equally proficient in infecting both plants and animals raising the constant concern for public health as well as the economic impacts on agricultural production. Among the huge ...
Knockdown resistance in the dengue vector Aedes aegypti and its implications for Wolbachia Aedes aegypti trials
Dengue is a major public heath disease with over 390 million people at risk annually across 110 countries. Dengue control options mainly rely on vector control strategies, mostly through the application of insecticides for ...
The effects of artificial light at night on the behaviour and physiology of Drosophila melanogaster
Artificial light at night is one of the most pervasive and least recognised anthropogenic pollutants. Its extent and intensity is expanding globally, at an estimated rate of 2.2% per annum, such that many urban and peri-urban ...
Effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on iron metabolism in bread wheat (Tritium aestivum L.)
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have increased from pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm to a current level of 406 ppm and are predicted to reach 550 ppm by the year 2050. The rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide is ...
Dinoflagellate endosymbionts of corals (Symbiodiniaceae) closely associate with a diversity of bacteria
The ecological success of coral reef ecosystems is dependant on their obligate endosymbiosis with dinoflagellates in the family Symbiodiniaceae. This symbiosis does not occur in isolation; a diverse community of bacteria ...
Coral-associated bacterial communities in early coral life stages: transmission mode and scope for manipulation
Global impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances are causing massive declines in coral reef ecosystems. As reef-forming scleractinian corals provide essential resources to a large part of the population, ...
Impacts of streetlights on sleep in urban birds
Over the past century, artificial light has dramatically transformed our environment. Light at night is increasing globally, to the extent that in many places, true darkness no longer exists. As the timing of light can ...
Bioinformatics methods and approaches to discover disease variants from DNA sequencing data
Next-generation sequencing is increasingly used to diagnose patients with suspected genetic disease. Yet, even after exome or whole genome sequencing, many patients remain undiagnosed. In many cases a genetic diagnosis is ...
Seagrass perform critical provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting ecological functions and services humans rely on worldwide. Unfortunately, many seagrass ecosystems are vulnerable to disturbance and are being ...
Opportunities and limitations of the use of functional traits to understand plant invasions
Biological invasions comprise the human-mediated introduction, establishment and dispersal of species beyond their natural geographic range. Species movement around the globe can be seen as a large scale community assembly ...