Wetlands in North America are home to a very diverse set of native plants. But an invasive reed called common reed (Phragmites australis) has been expanding rapidly and could potentially threaten the ecosystem processes in the wetlands it inhabits.
Chronic early life social isolation is linked with negative psychological and social outcomes in adulthood. Waterloo researchers have discovered social isolation changes unusual protein expression in the adult brain of rodents who socially isolated. Examining how stress affects the brain on a molecular level can help researchers get insight into disorders like schizophrenia and depression.
Missing a single protein can have lethal consequences for plants. Cuticles are the waxy wall that protects plants from sunlight, pesticides, and dehydration. But damage to the cuticle, like when the Hothead protein is missing, causes the wall to fall down.
Byline: Éric Le Dreff-Kerwin, Bioloyg MSc. student
The sudden decrease in sporting fish is leading to a potential ecological disruption, if not an economical loss. Due to a lowering in water temperatures, walleye are doing more than wish they could wrap themselves up in a warm blanket.
Alzheimer's disease claims more lives a year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Current Alzheimer’s drugs on the market have limited effectiveness because they do not treat all of the disease-causing factors. Researchers from Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy are working to develop drug candidates that can target multiple Alzheimer's pathways.