Journal Highlights: May 2019

21 June 2019

SCI's peer-reviewed journals provide research studies and commentary articles undertaken by top scientists in emerging areas, addressing global audiences by crossing academic, industrial, government and science policy sectors.

Here are some of the highlights from the most recent issues of our journals. To view the full range of SCI's journals, visit our Publications page!

Safeguarding chickens before they hatch

HighlightsEggs Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.9593

Vaccines, nutrients, supplements and medicines are sometimes necessary for improving the health of poultry and these are usually administered shortly after hatching. The technique of administering these substances before the egg has hatched is being explored and is gaining wide attention among researchers worldwide for boosting immunity and safeguarding the health of poultry once it has hatched. This paper looked at studies that explored the method of in ovo administration and concluded that it was beneficial and that the technique could be adopted within the poultry industry. The beneficial impacts and promising potentials of using this technique attains an improvement in post‐hatch growth and immune responses, along with chick’s physical development.

Understanding insect behaviour

HighlightsAsianLadyBeetle Pest Management Science DOI:  10.1002/ps.5314

Insect predators are common and understanding how they interact with their prey offers a better insight into learning how to manage them. In this experiment, an automated video tracking system was used to better understand the behavioural patterns of a generalist predator – the Asian lady beetle – in response to changing prey density. The article concluded that automated video tracking systems may be used to uncover the detailed foraging behaviour of predators and could be used to evaluate a wide range of natural enemies.

Micropatterning and nanopatterning

HighlightsNanopatterning Polymer International DOI: 10.1002/pi.5770

Micropatterning (miniaturisation of patterns) and nanopatterning techniques that allow one to achieve control over all three dimensions on the microscale or nanoscale are thought to afford access to interesting structures for promising applications in various fields of research and industry, especially in molecular and cell biology, as well as biointerface‐controlled materials. This review in Polymer International combines the basic background and knowledge in this broad area with a survey of selected recent advances achieved in microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques for the patterning of and with polymeric materials.

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