Featured data uses

Modeling the niche of plague

Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans, also causes disease in rodents like deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The western United States has one of the largest concentrations of plague in the modern world, and this study set out to model Y. pestis infections occurring in the region not only in the wild but also domestic animal.

Flight of the bumblebee

The worldwide number of alien species invasions is rapidly increasing, and new methods of predicting vulnerable areas are required. In this study, researchers suggest a new methodological framework for assessing habitat invasion susceptibility on a global scale by focusing on the bumblebee, Bombus terrestrisis.

Assessing weed risk assessments

Authorities often rely on weed risk assessments (WRAs) to determine the invasive potential when considering a non-native plant species for introduction. The parameters and limits of the models used differ between countries, and in this study, researchers used 40 species of crops and invasive species to compare the WRAs used in the United States and Australia.