How resilent is your garden?
Angela Saini’s third book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, makes the compelling case that scientific racism is as prevalent as it has ever been, and explores the way such backward beliefs have continued to evolve and persist and here is a review
They may be small but they can move very large distances – insect migration in the news
Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat
Good advice from Megan Duffy on writing your discussion – to be sure
Aphids are wonderful – a long time ago they borrowed some virus genes to help them decide when to produce winged individuals
Here Stephen Heard defends the use of parenthicals
Botanists are arguing amongst themselves as to whether plants have brains or not – what do you think?
What sort of conservationist are you?
Manu Saunders on the windscreen phenomenon – another viewpoint on insect declines
Picture from Erica McAlister’s (@FlygirlNHM) Twitter stream – Picture held in the NTNU University Museum, Norway
Eradicating invasive vertebrate predators could help save rare insects
Are you bringing something nasty back with you from your exotic holiday?
We really must stop using plastic so much – it gets everywhere ☹
Insects as a protein source
Many people’s first memories of the countryside come from visiting a National Park.
Great article by Christie Bahlai and colleagues – Open Science Isn’t Always Open to All Scientists – You can follow Christie on Twitter @cbahlai
Finding and climbing the tallest tree in the World!
A lament for declining wild bee populations
Interview with Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Terra Insecta and the title change forced on her by her Amercian publishers
Bees seeking blood, sweat and tears is more common than you think Manu Saunders (@ManuSaunders) and Toby Smith cast a critical eye on the recent story of the eye-dwelling bees
Using Twitter for ecological research – lots of great examples
An excellent explanation by Stephen Heard of how to present statistics in scientific writing
Some great ant pictures
Fascinating – insects made from discarded circuit boards – the art of Julie Alice Chappell
How insects cope with winter
Half of the UK’s aquatic insects now contain microplastics!
A nice article about a weevil that pretends to be a fly!
Would you eat insects to prevent global warming? An interesting paper on ways in which consumers might be persuaded to do so
More about the alarming decrease in insect numbers worldwide – link to the original article here
An excellent analysis of the same article by Manu Saunders and why it is so important
Plants for bugs – making gardens insect friendly
Bugs for humans – making insects more attractive as food
Bugs for bugs – making carrion diets better for their offspring
Bugs for tourism – fireflies keeping a Mexican town alive
Dead trees for bugs – a free issue on saproxylic insect conservation
How trees can help cool cities and a link to the full report
Courtship behaviour of the Grayling butterfly via Ray Cannon
The chemistry of autumn colours – with a nice downloadable graphic
Why natural history teaching needs to be an increasing part of university education
Good news for those of us who like butter, cheese and meat 🙂
Autumn is on the way
Links to things I thought interesting
Why conservation needs to work around people’s values
If you ever wondered why so many plants have wort in their name.
The academic work-life balance is so wrong. Errant Science takes a humourous look at a very serious subject.
Learn about the biology of peaches and how to cook them
Interesting commentary on a paper about how walnuts have invaded forest ecosystems
Continuing with the food theme, how a Swedish countess introduced potatoes to the European diet
Have you ever heard a hawk moth squeak? Now you can and they use their genitals to make the sound 🙂
If you ever wondered how beetles fold their wings, then here is the answer. Full details about a complex subject.
Polish scientists are looking at ways of making eating insects more appetizing
Finally, William Playfair the Scottish scoundrel who invented all the graphs we love to hate
Links to some interesting stuff – well I thought so anyway
An interesting idea of how scientists might reach politicians using Twitter
Similarly, Trump, Brexit and a crisis of participation in universities
For those of you interested in the press coverage of the UK General Election, an analysis of the newspaper coverage. I guarantee that you will be surprised as to which were the two most impartial papers.
Once upon a time we had the milk lake and the butter mountain, but now a butter shortage means bad news for croissant lovers in France
According to the Financial Times, a lot of companies are interested in starting companies to produce and market insects as food
A post by one of my former students @annaplatoni, about her bee work
On why you shouldn’t be dismissive of the “dead grandmother” excuse
Inspiring young Victorians to enjoy entomology through sport
Seven visions of London as a National Park City
I very seldom recommend anything about birds this article about the shape of bird eggs is worth reading just for the graphics
Ten more links to peruse or not.
Not just British hedgehogs, but French hedgehogs are also on the decline
If you are a lover of Wisteria then this is definitely for you
A very thoughtful piece from Terry McGlynn on the ethical and moral stances that scientists take
Here is a report of a workshop run by an ex-PhD student of mine to discuss the future of farming insects for food in the UK
A really interesting paper describing how competition between two parasitic wasps can be influenced by the presence of an endosymbiont
Here is a paper of great relevance to farmers and policy makers but as usual has been published in a high impact journal that farmers and agronomists won’t read; as scientists we have to be more open to publishing in ‘lower scientific impact’ venues but that have a high impact in the real world
BioMed Central highlighting ways in which food crops might be protected against drought caused by climate change
According to Sir John Marsh the future of the countryside depends on economics
Chris Sandbrook asks what is meant by biodiversity in a conservation context
Like Manu Saunders I am a great believer in having others read my papers before submission, their chances of getting through the peer review process relatively unscathed are much improved