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Towards Smaller And Less Palatable Fish Species In A Warmer World

Human activities drive changes in marine ecosystems, both directly through e.g. fishing and habitat modification, and indirectly through climate change. Warmer temperatures and associated oxygen decrease will influence the abundance, distribution and diversity of wild fish stocks. Previous studies showed that smaller fishes can cope... click to read more

  • Renato Salvatteci | Scientific project manager at Center for Ocean and Society, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
Views 434
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 25, 2022
Ships with hitchhiking critters connect Antarctica to the rest of the world

Antarctica may seem like it is cut off from the rest of the world but in our modern, globalized world Antarctica is connected to all of us, everywhere, via ships. For millions of years Antarctica was unreachable for most marine animals and seaweeds who are... click to read more

  • Arlie McCarthy | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB), Oldenburg, Germany; Downing College, University of Cambrige, Regent Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Views 634
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2022
Notes from underground: naked mole-rats and vocal dialects

Naked mole-rats are highly unusual rodents. These long-lived, cold-blooded mammals are immune to certain types of pain, highly resistant to cancer and able to survive up to 18 minutes without oxygen. They have a highly cooperative social lifestyle, rare among mammals but common in insects... click to read more

  • Alison J. Barker | Research Scientist at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany
Views 1876
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 1, 2022
When it comes to the giant bacterium Achromatium, everything is everywhere

Bacteria of the genus Achromatium are known since the 1890s. They occupy the uppermost layer of aquatic sediments at the boundary between the oxic water and the anoxic benthos where Achromatium uses sulfide for energy. Achromatium is recognizable by two distinctive features: (1) it is... click to read more

  • Danny Ionescu | Research Scientist at 1Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Alte Fischerhütte 2, D-16775 Stechlin, Germany
  • Luca Zoccarato | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany
  • Sina Schorn | PhD Student at Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
Views 1405
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 28, 2022
Snake uses its split jaws as a knife and fork

Many animals use their limbs to handle their food and obtain edible pieces from it. To take a relatable example, we humans peel fruits, fillet fish, and break crabs with our hands and tools. In contrast, most animals that lack limbs (like snakes) would be... click to read more

  • Yosuke Kojima | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Views 1807
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 10, 2021