Biodiversity of Indigenous Saccharomyces Populations from Old Wineries of South-Eastern Sicily: Preservation and Economic Potential

“We report on the remarkable degree of biodiversity in the wine yeast populations naturally present in a small area of Sicily where traditional (non-industrial) winery practices are still in place. Out of more than 900 yeast isolates recovered from late spontaneous fermentations, we detected at least 209 strains. Given that the characteristics of the wines […]

PLoS Biology: A Holistic Approach to Marine Eco-Systems Biology

“In summary, the Tara Oceans project leverages powerful new technologies and analytical tools to develop the first planetary-scale data collection effort that links biogeography with ecology, genetics, and morphology. Guided by the cross-disciplinary philosophy the pay-offs can be immense, considering the massive number of samples and data that have been collected, archived, and interconnected for […]

Want Fatter Cows? Bring In a Zebra – ScienceNOW

“”Natural selection has favored that mix,” says Johan du Toit, an ecologist at Utah State University in Logan. Natural selection, maybe, but not people. Convinced that other grass-chomping animals will drive their herds to starvation, ranchers in Kenya and elsewhere tend to keep their cattle separate from wildlife. But a new study suggests that thinking […]

Biosphere 2 Gets New Owner, Funding – ScienceInsider

“The future of Biosphere 2 as a scientific facility is on a firmer footing, thanks to two major gifts announced this week. On Friday, the University of Arizona (UA), which has managed the iconic glass pyramids as a tourist destination and research venue since 2007, will become the owner of the property.” Heh. I remember […]

Satellite tracking will reveal turtle wanderings : Nature News

“By borrowing the tools of the manicurist’s trade, marine biologists have found a way of attaching satellite-tracking tags to turtle hatchlings. The tags will help uncover what turtles get up to in the critical few months after they leave the beach of their birth.” This is a really cool story about simple solutions arising out […]

The Deep Carbon Observatory: Going underground | The Economist

“Current estimates suggest that half of all the living matter on Earth lives underground, at depths of up to 5km. Some people think the share may be bigger than that. Indeed, there is loose talk of life having originated more than once in the distant past, and of there being entire shadow biospheres of organisms […]