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No simple answers on future problems with pest insects

It is not that easy to predict future damage of pest insects, according to an international research group led by Philipp Lehmann from the Department of Zoology. Researchers studied about 30 of the worst global insect pests and found a great variety of responses to climate change

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Wolf pups that play fetch

Researchers at the Department of Zoology made a surprising discovery - even wolf puppies could retrieve a thrown ball without any training. The ability to interpret signals from humans has previously been considered to have occurred in dogs after domestication.

Photo: C Reuland

Why don’t all males produce bright colors?

John Fitzpatrick, one of our Wallenberg Academy Fellows, is studying the huge variation in colors and shapes displayed by animals due to both of natural and sexual selection. His research team wants to understand how and why certain sexual behaviors develop in some groups, but not in others.

Photo: R Stelkens

Yeast – good for much

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation notices Rike Stelkens research using yeast as a model system to study hybridization. Her research team is studying how hybridization can contribute to survival under difficult conditions.

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Why are there so many plant-feeding insects? A new study suggests an answer

Variability of food choice has been essential in the diversification of plant-feeding insects. This is the conclusion of a new study led by researchers at the Department of Zoology, who have used a new combination of methods to investigate food use in butterflies.

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