A perfect storm: are environmental factors fuelling herbicide resistance?

Sobering global survey data shows weeds have evolved resistance to 167 herbicides spanning 23 of 26 known sites of action. Now scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management say climate change and elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) may be contributing to the development of herbicide resistance.…


How bot flies affect mouse opossums, and how climate change can make it worse

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘The impact of botfly parasitism on the health of the gracile mouse opossum (Gracilinanus agilis) by Emerson Vieira Two of the researchers associated with my lab, Priscilla L. Zangrandi, a PhD student at that time, and André F.


Will Gene Sequencing Lead to New Weed Control Strategies?

Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are two troublesome amaranthus species weeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides. They also have unique reproductive features.…


Chick embryo can discriminate different light wavelengths

The animal article of the month for August is ‘The effect of different wavelengths of light during incubation on the development of rhythmic pineal melatonin biosynthesis in chick embryos’ Melatonin is a neurohormone, which is involved in the control of day/night rhythms in a number of biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes.…


Parasitic nematodes simultaneously suppress and benefit from coccidian coinfection in their natural mouse host

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Parasitic nematodes simultaneously suppress and benefit from coccidian coinfection in their natural mouse host’ by Melanie Clerc, Andy Fenton, Simon A Babayan, Amy B Pedersen Infections with parasitic nematodes are a major threat to global health and affect millions of people across the globe.…


Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts’ by Juliana Naldoni, Edson A. Adriano, Ashlie Hartigan and Beth Okamura Parasitic diseases can represent major challenges for conservation and wildlife management on the one hand, and food production and recreational activities on the other.…


Can we predict breed suitability for different environments?

The animal article of the month for July is ‘Use of Geographic Information System tools to Predict Animal Breed Suitability for Different Agro-Ecological Zones’ Predicting breed suitability is challenging in livestock production.…


Dr Tom Crawford speaks to past winners of the Batchelor Prize

With the nomination period for the 2020 Batchelor Prize coming to a close at the end of the month (31st May 2019), Dr Tom Crawford spoke to the previous winners to find out more about the legacy of the award.