Researchers from NUS Biology have found that the conservation of the Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea), an endangered wading bird native Southeast Asia, is threatened due to crossbreeding with its more common cousin, the Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala).
Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, shared his vision for how big data could be used to find new solutions to important challenges without compromising personal data privacy.
While analysing the diversity of filoviruses in Rousettus bats in China, Duke-NUS Medical School researchers, in collaboration with Chinese scientists, discovered, identified and characterised a new genus of the virus in one of the bats.
A study by researchers from NUS Biological Sciences discovered a relationship between the slender pitcher plant Nepenthes gracili and the crab spider Thomisus nepenthiphilus. The spider is able to exploit the pitcher plant’s sweet-smelling nectar to catch its prey, while at the same time provide supplementary nutrients for its host.
Researchers from NUS Biological Sciences and the Indonesian Institute of Science have described an unusual new songbird species — the Rote Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus rotiensis named after Rote, Indonesia where it was found.
A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland discovered a “rainbow” snout weevil from the Philippines could hold the key to a novel colour-generation mechanism. The weevil, Pachyrrhynchus congestus pavoniu, has distinctive rainbow-coloured spots on its body made up of concentric rings of different hues and has the ability to produce a spectrum of colours.
For most plant owners, insects like grasshoppers and crickets are thought of as pests, but research by NUS Biological Sciences PhD student Mr Tan Ming Kai has revealed that some of these insects, particularly from the Southeast Asian region, actually pollinate flowers the way butterflies and bees do.