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Flies with brothers make gentler lovers

A study conducted by Pau Carazo, Cedric Tan, Felicity Allen, Stu Wigby and Tommaso Pizzari and recently published in Nature, demonstrated that male fruit flies that are genetically related to each other compete less intensely and are more benign to females than unrelated males, illustrating the potential importance of population structure as a modulator of sexual conflict.

Fungi and insect herbivores maintain tropical rainforest diversity

A study published in Nature by Owen Lewis, Sofia Gripenberg and colleagues has shown that pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores play a crucial role in maintaining and structuring the high diversity of tropical rainforest plants.

EGI joins forces with BBC Winterwatch for latest series

BBC Winterwatch will return for 2014 on the evenings of Monday 20 to Thursday 24 January, featuring several studies from the EGI. The programme will include a visit to Wytham Woods featuring Lucy Aplin‘s experiments investigating social dynamics of information transmission in wild great tits. The BBC Winterwatch team and Damien Farine will also team up to investigate the foraging strategies of birds by conducting a large-scale citizen-science experiment over 3 nights and include additional features broadcast live on BBC red button and online.

New Year's Honours: Professor Marian Dawkins

Professor Marian Dawkins has been awarded a CBE for services to animal welfare, in the 2014 New Year's Honours List. It is a superb and richly deserved honour, and recognizes Marian's spectacular and far-reaching contributions to the subject.

Research News

A study published in Current Biology by Gkikas Magiorkinis and colleagues has shown that endogenous retroviruses that were initially found to exist exclusively in Neanderthals and Denisovans, can be found in modern humans.