News on biodiversity
Negligent not to warn about ticks
31 maj 2023
He has 10,000 ticks in a freezer and is one of the media’s frequently hired experts on the subject. Professor Thomas Jaenson has dedicated the last...
Using drones to thin the forest
23 februari 2023
Why not let drones cut down and remove trees when the forest needs thinning, rather than using heavy, fossil fuel-driven forestry machinery? This w...
Worms, bacteria and fungi help reduce carbon dioxide emissions
27 januari 2023
Can we use the Earth's own natural thermostat and accelerate the process to help reduce global warming? Promising progress has been made in the res...
Perseverant bacteria challenge antibacterial treatment
04 januari 2023
Bacterial perseverance is a new phenomenon that helps explain how bacteria adapt to survive antibiotic treatments. A group of researchers at Uppsal...
Scandinavian wolves carry many harmful mutations
15 december 2022
In a new scientific study, researchers at Uppsala University have shown that Scandinavian wolves carry around 100,000 harmful mutations in their ge...
Scientists: Madagascar’s unique biodiversity in grave danger
02 december 2022
Madagascar has an enormous biodiversity, with most of the plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth. But the rich life on the island is ...
Old World flycatchers’ family tree mapped
24 november 2022
The European robin’s closest relatives are found in tropical Africa. The European robin is therefore not closely related to the Japanese robin, des...
Donation towards new advanced microscope and competence centre
07 november 2022
The entrepreneur Sverker Lerheden has donated SEK 7.5 million to Uppsala University in the name of his wife, Birgitta Sintring Lerheden. The money ...
Nestling birds recognize their local song ‘dialect’
26 oktober 2022
A recent study, published in Current Biology, led by researchers at Stockholm University and Uppsala University, has shown that juvenile songbirds ...
Widespread variation of inherited retroviruses among Darwin’s finches
17 oktober 2022
Vertebrate genomes are repositories for retrovirus code that was deposited into germ line as inherited endogenous retroviruses during evolution. Re...
Large predatory dinosaurs discovered in Skåne
13 oktober 2022
Roughly 200-million-year-old footprints of large predatory dinosaurs, along with the skeletons of other dinosaurs, animals and plant fossils, have ...
The unknown world of fungi under our feet
05 oktober 2022
By taking soil samples and studying fungal DNA contained in them, Anna Rosling's research team is unearthing the diversity and distribution of a pr...
The world’s oldest heart found in a placoderm
30 september 2022
Most researchers can only guess how animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago were built internally, given that internal organs disinteg...
European genomics initiative to map biodiversity
28 september 2022
Uppsala University and SciLifeLab are participating in a major new EU-funded consortium: Biodiversity Genomics Europe, which involves using genomic...
Fungi important in freshwater ecosystems
27 september 2022
Access to fresh water is absolutely vital to our survival. Without it, we would suffer from a lack of drinking water, fish to eat and the ability t...
Higher temperatures make it difficult for fig tree pollinators
26 september 2022
Researchers from Uppsala University and elsewhere have been studying the effect of rising temperatures on the lifespan of pollinating fig wasps. Th...
Hundreds of large habitat shifts have shaped life on Earth today
05 augusti 2022
An international team led by Uppsala University researchers has uncovered that eukaryotes (organisms with a cellular nucleus) have made hundreds of...
Ancestral genetic variation essential for rapid evolution of Darwin’s finches
11 juli 2022
In a study, published in Science Advances, an international team of researchers have identified 28 gene regions that have been particularly importa...
Small places can have big voices on sustainability issues
01 juli 2022
Hello Owe Ronström, organiser of four seminars on sustainability at Almedalen together with Swaminathan Ramanathan. The panelists include guests fr...
Wijnand Boonstra elected to UN panel on biodiversity
28 juni 2022
Approximately one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction – but what can we do about it? Uppsala University researcher Wijn...