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2,000-year-old mystery of a havoc-wreaking worm

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Reports on research by Reuben Shipway which found despite centuries of fear around shipworms, we still don't know precisely what in their gut enables them to 'eat' wood

Period13 Jul 2021 → 22 Jul 2021

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TitleEfficiently destructive - the shipworm
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletOrkney News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date22/07/21
DescriptionReuben Shipway is part of a research team investigating this incredible creature – and its important role in mangrove forest ecosystems and responsible for cycling a huge amount of carbon worldwide
URLhttps://theorkneynews.scot/2021/07/22/efficiently-destructive-the-shipworm/
PersonsReuben Shipway
TitleShipworms Cause Ships to Sink, Wharves to Collapse; Mystery Remains for Thousands of Years
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletThe Science Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date19/07/21
DescriptionFor thousands of years already, shipworms have been causing ships to sink and wharves to collapse with their voracious appetites. A ScienceAlert report said, at present, it remains unknown how these "termites of the sea" devour so much woody plant material as quickly as they do.
Producer/AuthorMarie Morales
URLhttps://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/32344/20210719/shipworms-cause-ships-sink-wharves-collapse-mystery-remains-thousands-years.htm
PersonsReuben Shipway
TitleThe two-thousand-year-old mystery of the havoc-wreaking worm
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletScienceDaily
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date13/07/21
DescriptionHumans have known for over two thousand years that shipworms, a worm-like mollusk, are responsible for damage to wooden boats, docks, dikes and piers. Yet new research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst published in Frontiers in Microbiology reveals that we still don't know the most basic thing about them: how they eat.
URLhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210713145750.htm
PersonsReuben Shipway
TitleUk Scientists Claim Further Research On Shipworms To Lead To Cleaner Fuels, Improved Antibiotic Drugs
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletBaird Maritime
Media typeWeb
CountryAustralia
Date13/07/21
DescriptionScientists at the University of Portsmouth trying to unravel how shipworms “eat” wood have found no known mechanism in the species’ gut.
URLhttps://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/specialised-fields/marine-research-and-training/uk-scientists-claim-further-research-on-shipworms-to-lead-to-cleaner-fuels-improved-antibiotic-drugs/
PersonsReuben Shipway
TitleWe now know what we don’t know about one of Earth’s most rampant destroyers
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletPattaya Mail
Media typeWeb
CountryThailand
Date13/07/21
DescriptionScientists trying to unravel one of nature’s most basic processes – how the humble shipworm, feared for millennia by seafarers, ‘eats’ wood – have found no known mechanism in their gut.
URLhttps://www.pattayamail.com/science/we-now-know-what-we-dont-know-about-one-of-earths-most-rampant-destroyers-363247
PersonsReuben Shipway
TitleWreaking havoc for centuries, UMass scientists still can’t figure out how this worm turns
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletwww.masslive.com
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date13/07/21
DescriptionHumans have known for over 2,000 years that shipworms, a worm-like mollusk, are responsible for damage to wooden boats, docks, dikes and piers. New research published in Frontiers in Microbiology reveals, however, that we still don’t know the most basic thing about them: how they eat.
URLhttps://www.masslive.com/living/2021/07/wreaking-havoc-for-centuries-umass-scientists-still-cant-figure-out-how-this-worm-turns.html
PersonsReuben Shipway

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