How does car tyre dust present near motorways affect the life of selected invertebrates? Scientists from Poland, Lithuania, Italy and France will check. With time, it will be possible to identify plant species that will reduce the range of dust in the most exposed areas.
Urbanization causes evolutionary changes in plants. An international team of researchers has demonstrated this on the example of white clover, which adapts in a similar way to the urban environment in different cities around the world. Professor Marta Szulkin from the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw is a co-author of the publication on this subject.
In the 1970s, 47 thousand birds per year died in fishing nets as a result of bycatch, in the 1980s and 1990s it was about 40,000 birds, and in the second decade of the 21st century - approx. 21 thousand birds, according to new data analyses concerning Polish waters. The scale of bird bycatch was previously seriously underestimated.
Scientists have discovered and described a previously unknown species of parasite that lives... in the nose of the European bison. The authors of the discovery, researchers from the University of Gdańsk and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW-WULS), point out that research on parasitofauna associated with an endangered species is of particular importance.
Will a great extinction of coral reefs in the Devonian help understand the threats to contemporary reefs? The authors of an international study involving a geologist from the University of Warsaw draw attention to coral bleaching that led to the collapse of symbiosis of old corals with unicellular algae.