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The genome of the phylloxera that devastated European vines in the nineteenth century, deciphered

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The genome of the phylloxera, an insect that caused plagues that devastated European vines in the nineteenth century, has been deciphered by an international team involving researchers Miquel Barberà and David Martínez, from the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio), centre of the University of Valencia and the CSIC. The study is published in the journal BMC Biology. Read More

Scientists detect rapid changes in a black hole that may help understand the origin of the most energetic radiation in the Universe

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Scientists have discovered very rapid changes in the structure of its magnetic field that confirm the predictions of the main models of gamma-ray production in black holes. The phenomenon, observed through the ALMA telescope, contributes new data to the study on the origin of the most energetic radiation in the Universe. Read More

Kinship recognition increases conflict between sexes and may impair the survival ability of many species

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Researchers at the Institut Cavanilles Institute of the University of Valencia have just reformulated the relationship between selection by kinship and conflict between sexes in many species. Contrary to what was suspected, the recognition of kinship causes an increase in conflict, which could reduce the survival of populations. The work, based on new mathematical models, has been published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Read More