First it was cows – now it’s larvae!

Chaoborus spp is a small fly species that is found all over the world (except in Antarctica). Scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland – in collaboration with Berlin’s Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Potsdam University and Swansea University – have discovered that Chaoborus spp also uses the methane it finds in lakebeds to help it move around. The species releases methane into the surface water, increasing the likelihood that the gas will enter the atmosphere. The research, which has been published in Scientific Reports on the 14th of March 2017, demonstrates the negative role played by the larvae in global warming. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)