New study offers insight into past—and future—of west-side wildfires – BIOENGINEER.ORG

When the 2020 Labor Day Fires torched more than 300,000 hectares over the span of two weeks in parts of western Oregon and Washington, they devastated communities and put the threat of west-side fires squarely into focus. A new study led by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station examines the context surrounding the … Read more

Study explores when nursing home chains should customize or standardize – BIOENGINEER.ORG

TAMPA, Fla. (June 24, 2022) – A new study by a University of South Florida researcher found important revelations that could provide chain-operated nursing homes with crucial implications for operational goals and strategic findings that carry over to other service industries. TAMPA, Fla. (June 24, 2022) – A new study by a University of South … Read more

Climate change negatively impacting bumblebees, study finds

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Temperature changes have negatively impacted most species of bumblebees over the past 120 years, according to new research published this week in Biology Letters. The researchers note that changes in temperature had more of a negative impact than other factors — such as precipitation or floral resources. “Bumblebees are important pollinators … Read more

Secrets of aging revealed in largest study on longevity, aging in reptiles and amphibians – BIOENGINEER.ORG

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – At 190 years old, Jonathan the Seychelles giant tortoise recently made news for being the “oldest living land animal in the world.” Although, anecdotal evidence like this exists that some species of turtles and other ectotherms – or ‘cold-blooded’ animals – live a long time, evidence is spotty and mostly focused … Read more

Researchers continue study of COVID-19 vaccinations, pregnancy and postpartum – BIOENGINEER.ORG

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic ongoing, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), will continue a national study to evaluate the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy, and monitor immune response for mother and baby following vaccinations. With the SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Study reveals how climate change can significantly impact one of the world’s most important carbon-rich ecosystems – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Mangrove forests play a vital role in the health of our planet. The trees and shrubs absorb a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions, help protect communities from rising sea levels, and act as nurseries for baby fish. Mangrove forests play a vital role in the health of our planet. The trees and shrubs absorb … Read more

Study shows that getting pesticide reduction policies right is crucial for food security – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The term peri-urban agriculture is generally used to describe the cultivation of plants and livestock on the fringes of large population centers. However, factors such as urban expansion, rising labor costs and limited labor supply are putting peri-urban agriculture under increasing pressure. As a result, agribusinesses are seeking ways to minimize workloads and increase yields; … Read more

Offshore wind farms expected to reduce clam fishery revenue, study finds – BIOENGINEER.ORG

An important East Coast shellfish industry is projected to suffer revenue losses as offshore wind energy develops along the US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts, according to two Rutgers studies. Credit: © The Author (s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. An important East … Read more

New study highlights challenges to pumpkin and watermelon production in Uganda – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A new study published in the CABI Agriculture and Bioscience Journal highlights that pests, diseases, and drought, are the main challenges to pumpkin and watermelon production in Uganda. A new study published in the CABI Agriculture and Bioscience Journal highlights that pests, diseases, and drought, are the main challenges to pumpkin and watermelon production in … Read more

Dopamine regulates insulin secretion through a complex of receptors, finds new study – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Diabetes is a lifelong, chronic health condition caused by abnormalities in the body’s production and use of the hormone insulin. Research has shown that the feel-good hormone, dopamine (DA), plays a key role in how the body regulates insulin production. Typically, insulin is secreted by cells in the pancreas called ‘beta-cells,’ in response to glucose … Read more