Let’s try a new dropping of science at Seeds Aside. I’ll try the weekly basis first, but we’ll see whatever happens in the future. I intended to put up factoids in the title, but that wouldn’t do justice to cool research, as I was just willing to mean “I won’t bother you more than dropping a line on what caught my eyes this week, there’s a bit to take and you may find something else in other pipelines”. Except that it may not get too much in the webby spheres, as most science does, undeservely so. So it’ll be the simpliest shoot. And I am going for factory instead, because here it probably won’t be factsstory.
From the pipeline this week:
- Amazonian birds communities are sensitive to fire. Communities are temporarily richer after recovering a few years, but there’s clearly a disastrous trend with specialist bird species which don’t recover burning events. Mestre L. A. M., Cochrane M. A., Barlow J. (2013). Long-term Changes in BirdCommunities after Wildfires in the Central Brazilian Amazon. Biotropica x: 1744-7429 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/btp.12026
- RUBISCO enzyme, the key enzyme in photosynthesis, already known to be the major protein in plants, is not the main protein is phytoplankton. Rather, it is probably kept at concentrations just above minimum occurence to sustain growth. Losh J L, Young J N, Morel F M M (2013). Rubisco is a small fraction of total protein in marine phytoplankton. New Phytologist x:1469-8137 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.12143
- Self telling title efficiency: The more polluted the environment, the more important biodiversity is for food web stability. Garay-Narváez L, Arim M, Flores J D, Ramos-Jiliberto R (2013). The more polluted the environment, the more important biodiversity is for food web stability. Oikos x:1600-0706 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.00218.x
- Oak yeast and wine yeast intermix in wineyards in America. Very locally, since there’s high isolation by distance. Hyma K E, Fay J C (2013). Mixing of vineyard and oak-tree ecotypes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in North American vineyards. Molecular Ecology x:1365-294X http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12155
Now try to relate all of this!