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Aggressive spiders are quick at making accurate decisions and better at hunting unpredictable preys

Spiders, like humans and many other animals, have distinct personalities. Two studies led by A/P Li Daiqin unveiled interesting findings about the relationship between personality traits of spiders and their decision-making as well as hunting styles

28 July 2017

Paper in CELL - opportunities to engineer cold tolerance in plants to enhance crop growth and improve yield

A team of plant biologists led by Dr Xu Jian found that some plants may selectively kill part of their roots to survive under cold weather conditions. This approach allows the plants to withstand chilling stress and to recover faster when the weather turns better. The first author of the paper, Dr Hong Jin Han, a Research Fellow at Duke-NUS, carried out the research as part of her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Dr Xu.

23 Jun 2017

NUS scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics

NUS researchers led by Prof Roman Carrasco, have found from a study that converting tropical forests to agricultural land may not make economic sense in most parts of the world. It is estimated that the environmental damage caused by tropical deforestation from 2000 to 2012 amounts to future annual losses of US$107 to US$135 billion/year, while the gains by agriculture are much lower at US$32 to US$53 billion/year.


28 July 2017

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