Dense crowns of trees are a buffer, a 'time capsule' protecting against the effects of rapid climate change. But when they become less dense, for example due to mass felling or tree diseases, the conditions at the forest floor dramatically change and threaten the species that live there. These are the conclusions from a study published in 'Science', in which Polish researchers took part.
If you want to avoid catching a tick, better leave your phone at home when going for a picnic in the park or a run in the woods. The latest Polish-Slovak study shows that ticks, especially carriers of dangerous pathogens, are attracted by electromagnetic radiation at a frequency of 900 MHz.
Biodiversity is a natural 'vaccine' that protects us against pathogens. Preserving biodiversity and reducing human contact with animals can limit the spread of pathogens. Professor Piotr Skubała from the University of Silesia in Katowice writes about the role of science in the fight against the pandemic.