Press releases

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Being different makes all the difference in an ever changing world!

8 November, 2016 - Linnéuniversitetet

Biodiversity is challenged by environmental modifications brought about by altered land use and climate change. Species that fail to adapt or adjust their geographic distribution can be driven to extinction. Individual variation makes all the difference here. A new study published in Scientific Reports demonstrates that poleward range shifts have been faster in moths with […]

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The psychology behind climate change denial

4 October, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent deny the problem. The papers in the thesis are published in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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AQUACOSM – evolving European mesocosm research

1 September, 2016 - Umeå universitet

In the new EU project AQUACOSM, twelve European countries will be synchronising their studies on the effects of climate change. Research using large experiment facilities – mesocosms – will be the common denominator in the project. Umeå Marine Sciences Centre at Umeå University will play an important role in the project.

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New discovery increases understanding of how plants and bacteria see light

15 August, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

Plants, bacteria and fungi react to light with light-sensitive proteins. Scientists from the University of Gothenburg and their Finnish colleagues from University of Jyväskylä have now determined the inner workings of one of these proteins. The results have been published in the most recent issue of Science Advances. The investigated proteins are called “phytochromes”. They […]

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Magma-limestone interaction can trigger explosive volcanic eruptions and affect the global carbon cycle

8 August, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study researchers from Sweden and Italy show what happens when magma meets limestone on its way up to the surface. Magma-limestone interaction might help explain why volcanoes like Vesuvius in Italy and Merapi in Indonesia are particularly explosive and, moreover, it helps us to understand another source of natural carbon released to the atmosphere by volcanoes.

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Microorganisms – Extreme survivors

16 June, 2016 - Linnéuniversitetet

Microorganisms play an important role in all ecosystems and they can survive under the most extreme conditions. Researchers at Linnaeus University have investigated microbial communities in two extreme environments – acid sulfate soils and the terrestrial deep biosphere. The studies are made by Xiaofen Wu and the results are presented in the new doctoral thesis […]

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The furniture industry needs better recycling strategies

7 June, 2016 - Linnéuniversitetet

Particleboard is an important material in furniture construction. However, increased competition for the raw material has made it necessary for the manufacturers to find new strategies for producing high-quality products at good value. The key is recycling. This is argued in a new doctoral thesis from Linnaeus University. Johan Trischler is active within the subject […]

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Microplastic particles threaten fish larvae

2 June, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study, published in Science, researchers from Uppsala University found that larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development displayed changed behaviors and stunted growth which lead to greatly increased mortality rates. Larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and ignored their natural food source of free-swimming zooplankton.

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Coral death stops fish from learning predators

10 May, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

In a world first study researchers have found that coral bleaching and death can have dramatic repercussions for how small reef fish learn about and avoid predators. The new results are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.