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Why not be queen?

Why not be queen?

March 17, 2014

Unlike honeybees or bumblebees, some female sweat bees may choose their rank in life: queen, solitary mother or worker in a queen’s nest...

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How do trees prevent dehydration?

How do trees prevent dehydration?

March 10, 2014

At first glance, some of the potted saplings in Brett Wolfe’s shade house look dead. They’re not—at least for the moment...

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Are "smart" frugivores more efficient foragers?

March 03, 2014

According to some primatologists, monkeys evolved so closely alongside flowering plants that they have developed cognitive adaptations that make them better foragers than other fruiteating mammals...

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Who's shadow is safer?

Who's shadow is safer?

February 24, 2014

Tropical forest ecologists have long known that the farther a seed lands from its parent tree, the greater its chances are of growing into an adult...

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How old is that tree?

How old is that tree?

February 17, 2014

When Liza Comita was a Barro Colorado Island guide many years ago, visitors would invariably ask about the age of the trees...

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Are capuchin monkeys WIMPS?

Are capuchin monkeys WIMPS?

February 10, 2014

Capuchin monkeys like a good tussle. They have little fear of taking on spider monkeys, even though they usually lose fights with their bigger rivals...

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What happens in a forest with fewer seed PREDATORS?

What happens in a forest with fewer seed PREDATORS?

February 03, 2014

In Panama’s Barro Colorado Nature Monument there are patches of jungle where one of the most common Neotropical mammals, the seed-devouring agouti, has not stepped for 15 years...

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How do fig trees punish cheaters?

How do fig trees punish cheaters?

January 27, 2014

Fig trees that rely on wasps to actively pollinate them don’t tolerate cheaters well...

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Why do lianas survive drought better than trees?

Why do lianas survive drought better than trees?

January 20, 2014

About eight percent of the carbon in a tropical tree is not locked away in its roots, trunks, branches or leaves...

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Hacking the Wood-Wide Web

Hacking the Wood-Wide Web

January 13, 2014

Tiny bluish flowers on translucent stems sprout almost impossibly from the dark brown forest floor...

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