Our recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology (Blamires, S.J., Martens, P.J. & Kasumovic, M.M. 2018. Fitness consequences of extended phenotypic plasticity. Journal of Experimental Biology. 221: jeb167288) was featured in ‘Inside JEB’ on the inside cover of the February 20 issue of the journal. Inside JEB Feb2018
Spider major ampullate silk (MA) is natures’ toughest fibre. There is thus immense interest among scientists across different fields in the attainment of an understanding about why and how spiders produce such amazing fibres. Accordingly there are now many publications on MA silk genetic expression patterns, secondary and tertiary protein structures, silk fibre physical and…
Our paper “Ontogenetic shift towards stronger, tougher silk in a web building cave spider” has been published in the February 2018 issue of Journal of Zoology as the cover page article.
Sean, Dakota Piorkowski, Hamish Craig, Jian Fang, Xungai Wang, Niall Doran conducted field work in Tasmania between October 15-October 19, collecting Hickmania troglodytes spiders and glow worm silks.