Topic: Biodiversity

Bats Use Second Sense to Hunt Prey in Noisy Environments

Sept. 15, 2016
Fringe-lipped bat

This bat's ability to shift to a second sense for hunting might give it a leg up in competition with other predators in a noisy environment and might also alter prey populations.

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An Eco-Friendly Way to Boost Texas Cotton Production

June 13, 2016
Bee hovers near flower

Increasing the diversity of pollinators can dramatically increase cotton production. In South Texas alone, it could boost annual revenue by more than $1.1 million.

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Global Production of Shade Grown Coffee Shrinking

April 16, 2014
shade-grown

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996, according to a new study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions.

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Crazy Ants Dominate Fire Ants By Neutralizing Their Venom

Feb. 13, 2014

Invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published this week in the journal Science Express. It's the first known example of an insect with the ability to detoxify another insect's venom.

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Grasshopper Mice Are Numb to the Pain of the Bark Scorpion Sting

Oct. 24, 2013

The painful, potentially deadly stings of bark scorpions are nothing more than a slight nuisance to grasshopper mice, which voraciously kill and consume their prey with ease. When stung, the mice briefly lick their paws and move in again for the kill.

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