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Butterfly Communities Under Threat

In a paper published in Science this week, Jeremy Thomas documents how butterfly populations are declining worldwide, as a result of habitat loss and degradation.

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HIV global spread

The study aimed to map the global spread of HIV-1 subtype B, the viral type that was the most prevalent in the Western World. We show that North America was constantly providing viral flows to the rest of the world, while Europe was passively receiving. Western and Eastern Europe had a clear segregation.

The study is published in MEEGID:

Pea Plants Show Risk Sensitivity

An international team of scientists from Oxford University and Tel-Hai College (Israel) has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk – namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental variance, an ability previously unknown outside the animal kingdom.

In the study, published in the journal Current Biology, pea plants were grown with their roots split between two pots, thus facing the decision of which pot to prioritise.

Evolutionary analysis gives clues to human development

Research from the Department of Zoology has discovered a rapidly changing region of the genome that gave rise to a group of control genes only found in mammals. These new genes were recruited for new roles, notably controlling the "change into first gear" during mammalian embryonic development.

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Oxford scientists recognised at ‘Zoological Oscars’

The Zoological Society of London awards makes a series of annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions to conservation and zoological research, and reward individuals who help us to better understand the natural world. The 2015 awards were presented at a ceremony at ZSL London Zoo on Tuesday 21 June 2016. Oxford zoologists won three of the awards.

Professor Peter Holland FRS