A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology to digitally preserve four major collections of parasite specimens donated to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the past five years.
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at UNL.
UNL is investing $600,000 to fund immediate improvements and assist with future projects at Cedar Point Biological Station. Immediate improvements that should be in place for Cedar Point's summer 2015 session include enhanced wireless coverage, new steel roofs on student cabins and replacement of all station mattresses.
Humphrey Kalibo, geography doctoral student, recently attended the 24th International Union of Forest Research Organizations World Congress held in Salt Lake City. He was among seven official bloggers selected to cover the event's technical sessions and sub-plenary meetings. Others featured in this Achievements column include Beth Lewis, Will Spaulding, Leilani Madrigal and parasitology research at Cedar Point Biological Station.
A research team led by UNL's Scott Gardner has identified four new species of Ctenomys, a genus of gopher-like mammal found throughout much of South America. All four of the new species were found in the lowlands and central valleys of Bolivia.
Using a genetically modified form of the HIV virus, a team of UNL scientists has developed a promising new approach that could someday lead to a more effective HIV vaccine. The team has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to further the project toward animal trials.
UNL ecologist Daizaburo Shizuka is lending his know-how to a crowdsourced research project to learn more about California condors — and, hopefully, to protect the embattled birds’ population.
A study co-authored by UNL's Sabrina Russo and published in Nature reports that trees — contrary to long-held misconceptions — never stop growing during their lifespans. In fact, as trees age, growth rates accelerate, even after they've reached massive sizes.
Bat research by Patricia Freeman will be featured in the next Sunday with a Scientist program at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History. The family-friendly event is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Morrill Hall. Live bats and specimens used for research in the museum's zoology collection will be on display.
Discovered just two decades ago, tiny molecules called microRNAs are now known to be powerful agents in regulating gene expression. Yet they aren’t well understood. A team of UNL biologists has uncovered important clues about how plant cells regulate microRNAs, a step toward better understanding how crops respond to stress, such as droughts.