31 May 2022
Ostriches can adapt to heat or cold – but not both
The ostrich is genetically wired to adapt to rising or falling temperatures. However, when the temperature fluctuates more often, as it does with climate change, the flightless bir...
24 May 2022
What happens when plants have stress reactions to touch?
A 30-year-old genetic mystery has been solved. It has previously been established that touch can trigger stress reactions in plants. However, the molecular models for explaining th...
18 Mar 2022
Two researchers in biology receive ERC Consolidator Grants
Brain cells that control the behaviour of insects, extreme gene expression in Italian sparrows and how radiotherapy alters the microenvironment in aggressive brain tumours. Three r...
17 Mar 2022
Black swifts descended rapidly during lunar eclipse
An international research team led by Lund University in Sweden has managed to study the flight behaviour of the mysterious black swift. They found, among other things, that the bl...
16 Dec 2021
The sky’s the limit: Using airborne DNA to monitor insect biodiversity
Scientists at Lund University have discovered for the first time that it is possible to detect insect DNA in the air. Using air from three sites in Sweden, insect DNA from 85 speci...
5 Oct 2021
Study supports theory that dragonflies migrate across the Indian Ocean
Can dragonflies migrate thousands of miles across the Indian Ocean, from India via the Maldives to Africa, and back again? An international research team led by Lund University in ...
30 Sep 2021
Entire genome of common forest pest now revealed
Researchers have successfully mapped the entire genome of the Eurasian spruce bark beetle. The breakthrough paves the way for new research into bark beetles and better prospects fo...
1 Sep 2021
Pandemic restrictions enabled unique bird study
How do birds avoid collision when flying in dense foliage and other cramped environments with many obstacles? And what does flying in such complex environments entail for the birds...
31 Aug 2021
Bees need more trees
There is an increasing awareness that pollinating insects need flowers rich in pollen and nectar. A new study shows that trees can be just as important for survival – at least for ...
30 Jul 2021
Artificial light disrupts dung beetles’ sense of direction
For the first time, researchers have been able to prove that city lights limit the ability of nocturnal animals to navigate by natural light in the night sky. Instead, they are for...