Zebra stripes help keep horseflies at bay
Have you ever wondered how and why zebras got their stripes? Well, wonder no more: a team of researchers from Hungary and Sweden sheds fresh light on the stripe function and why the stripe pattern has evolved. Presented in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the study was funded in part by the TABANOID (“Trap for the novel control of horseflies on open-air fields”) project, which received more than EUR 825 000 in funding under the “Research for the benefit of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)” Theme of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
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