13 Mar 2023
Migratory birds take breaks to boost their immune system
Exercising too much and not getting enough rest is bad for your health. A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the same is true for migratory birds. They need to res...
27 Feb 2023
Bees’ pesticide risk is species and landscape dependent
There is newfound evidence of how bees' pesticide exposure depends on their interaction with the environment.
10 Feb 2023
Size of insects are shaped by temperature and predators
The size of dragonflies and damselflies varies around the globe. These insects are generally larger in temperate areas than in the tropics. According to a new study from Lund Unive...
2 Feb 2023
Genes decide the willow warbler’s migration routes
Since antiquity, humans have been fascinated by birds’ intercontinental migratory journeys. A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that two areas in their genome decide w...
24 Jan 2023
Stress may trigger male defense against predators
Only males among the fish species crucian carp have developed a strategy to protect themselves from hungry predators, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden. The e...
24 Jan 2023
Feathered robotic wing paves way for flapping drones
Birds fly more efficiently by folding their wings during the upstroke, according to a recent study led by Lund University in Sweden. The results could mean that wing-folding is the...
2 Dec 2022
Sharp shooting biologist winner of international photography award
Roberto García-Roa, postdoc at the department of Biology has won yet another prestigious photo award. This time he’s the overall winner of “Capturing Ecology”, the British Ecologic...
29 Nov 2022
Two Lund University biologists awarded ERC Starting Grants
Biology researchers Courtney Stairs and Sissel Sjöberg have been awarded just over SEK 15 million each in starting grants from the European Research Council, ERC. Their five-year p...
16 Sep 2022
Strawberries were smaller when bees ingested pesticides
Solitary bees that ingested the pesticide clothianidin when foraging from rapeseed flowers became slower. In addition, the strawberries pollinated by these bees were smaller. This ...
30 Aug 2022
Study reveals flaws in popular genetic method
The most common analytical method within population genetics is deeply flawed, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden. This may have led to incorrect results and m...
23 Aug 2022
Researchers develop the first AI-based method for dating archeological remains
By analyzing DNA with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), an international research team led by Lund University in Sweden has developed a method that can accurately date up t...
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 ...