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Adaptation to poison, evolution at work

Prior posts have noted the wide diversity of selection factors (well beyond Darwin's original thesis) that are able to influence evolution, or what individuals of a population will survive to procreate and define the nature of the future population. Among factors cited in previous posts were toxicants...

Widespread use of herbicides create immunity and resistance in weedy plants

Prior posts have noted that a wide variety of substances, including hazardous substances, can act as selection factors in fostering "evolution" amongst impacted organisms. Now, researchers have found that many weeds, including some of significant economic importance because of the crops impacted...

Coriander oil is found to kill E. Coli, Salmonella, & MRSA

Prior posts have noted the adverse environmental effects that are being seen with some bactericides. Prior posts have also noted the wide variety of substances that can act as selection factors affecting the evolution of various organisms. Researchers now report that oil extracted from coriander seeds...

Noise Can Alter the Composition of an Ecosystem

Prior posts have reviewed the wide variety of "selection factors" than can drive evolution in a species. Now it appears that noise can alter the makeup of an entire ecosystem. Researchers have found that noise can drive away some species and sometimes encourage others, which in turn can influence...

What is the genetic mechanism that drives evolution? Perhaps we have been looking in the wrong place.

Prior posts have noted how in the recent past the perceived wisdom was the 1% of the human genome was responsible for what happens (the making of proteins), and the balance (99%) was "junk." Over time the amount deemed relevant has grown and the junk portion has shrunk. Recently the ENCODE...

Site Selection in a Build-to-Suit Project: Should the Land and Developer Be Selected Separately or Together?

Site selection is a critical issue in build-to-suit (BTS) projects. There may be nothing more important to the success of a build-to-suit project than its location. Factors such as the strength of local labor markets, the quality of transportation infrastructure, and the proximity to suppliers, customers...