News archive 2018
A Masters student and recipient of the first Fulbright scholarship for the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is hoping her work on pollinator research in Cornwall will have a positive impact on conserving pollinators in the U.S. territory of Guam and the wider Mariana Islands in the western North Pacific Ocean.
Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.
A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.
Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.
Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.
Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.
Rudolph the reindeer probably wasn’t bullied for his crimson snout – because he and his fellow reindeer can’t see red.
A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.
Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist says.
A University of Exeter researcher has won a photography prize from the British Ecological Society.
Two University of Exeter researchers have won prestigious awards for their work in mycology.
A pioneering new study has revealed the value of pollination services to courgette.
Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.
Frogs from groups exposed to a deadly virus are breeding at younger ages, new research suggests.
Exeter scientists are part of an international team helping to find new antibiotic drugs to treat killer infections.
Marine and citizen scientists take to the seas to help secure a future for Atlantic bluefin tuna in UK waters
Cefas and University of Exeter have launched a bluefin tuna tagging programme to try and find out more about the migration patterns of these enigmatic predators.
University of Exeter students have found a way to produce oxygen on Mars, earning a gold medal at a prestigious competition.
4,000 tons of microbeads no longer released into ocean after pioneering plastics research
Popular BBC Radio 4 show ‘Costing the Earth’ interviewed Professor Charles Tyler of the University of Exeter to shed light on the causes and consequences of documented fertility declines in both humans and wildlife.
Up to 13% of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests.
A powerful film made by campaigners showing the impact of plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean will be shown in Cornwall.
Do animals – like humans – divide the world into things that move and things that don’t? Are they surprised if an apparently inanimate object jumps to life?
Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.
Pioneering research has given a fascinating fresh insight into how animal nervous systems evolved from simple structures to become the complex network transmitting signals between different parts of the body.
Firefighters on one of the Galapagos Islands will wear UK fire brigade kit thanks to a surprising series of events sparked by a University of Exeter student.
An Exeter Student has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to further her research into the threats river dolphins face from fisheries and infrastructure in the Peruvian Amazon.
Electronic radio tags have been used for the first time on the UK mainland to help find a nest of invasive Asian hornets, which was then destroyed.
Research into equine vision leads to trial of new fence and hurdle design to further improve safety in jump racing
The colours deployed on hurdles and fences on British racecourses may be set to change following cutting-edge research led by the University of Exeter into the way that horses perceive colour.
The EU funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network PerICo has announced the start of a new, four-year, research programme on Peroxisome Interactions and Communication.
Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge have shed light on why some species cannot tell the difference between their own offspring and those of intruders that have been slipped into their nests.
Microplastics have been found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.
A study of a songbird and a bacterium that infects it has revealed how species in conflict evolve in response to each other.
The pecking order of garden birds is determined by their size and weight, new research shows.
A student from the University of Exeter is studying some surprising behaviour in baboons at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.
The future of coral reefs was discussed at a workshop in Indonesia.
The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows.
Dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild, new research shows.
Countries including China, Indonesia and Australia all face a “high threat” of invasion by the fall armyworm, new research shows.
Scientists have revisited – and confirmed – one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action.
A novel, self-governed transport system for Wnt cell signalling proteins has been discovered by Benjamin Mattes and Dr Steffen Scholpp at the University of Exeter.
Scientists seeking to discover whether Scotland’s seas are a mating ground for basking sharks have filmed new footage showing the sharks being sociable.
Plastic has been discovered in the stomach of a leatherback turtle found dead on a Cornish beach on Sunday.
A jellyfish that looks like a fried egg and a crab that can live on land for 40 years are among the subjects for this year’s Science in the Square.
A devastating crop pest called the fall armyworm – discovered this week in India – will continue to spread, a researcher says.
Pioneering new research into the way in which cells communicate with each other could hold the key
Night-time lighting from streetlights and other sources has complex and unexpected effects on communities of plants and animals, new research shows.
The skeleton of a huge seal that washed up on a Cornish beach will go on display at the University of Exeter on Friday.
Fish are losing their sense of smell because of increasingly acidic oceans caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, new research shows.
Sheltered pockets of cooler and more variable conditions in the British countryside may help native species
Virus particles that infect bacteria can work together to overcome antiviral defences, new research shows.
The UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and the UK could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, a new study says.
Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 per cent, new research has shown.
Treatments using antibiotics should stop as soon as possible to prevent microorganisms becoming resistant, new research shows.
Electronic radio tags could be used to track invasive Asian hornets and stop them colonising the UK
The eyes of some marine-dwelling creatures have evolved to act like a “depth gauge”, allowing these creatures to swim in the open ocean at a certain depth .
Managing woodlands to a greater extent could help stop the decline of Britain’s dormice, new research suggests.
Potential changes in the frequency and intensity of storms off the coast of the UK and around the world could have a “catastrophic impact” on the livelihood of fishermen and sustainability of fishing industries, research led by the University of Exeter has shown.
An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution.
Antarctica’s most remote and pristine habitats are contaminated with micro-plastic waste
A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles.
Plants use many of the same methods as animals to camouflage themselves, a new study shows.
Top scientists will answer your questions about sea turtles in a live online Q&A on Friday (June 8).
Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows.
Poisonous moths use bright red spots to warn predators to avoid them
Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research shows.
There is a growing movement in Galapagos to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution with the aim, one day, of having a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve.
Young mongooses learn lifelong habits from role models rather than inheriting them from genetic parents, new research shows.
Researchers are asking the public to help them create the first high-resolution photographic map of Earth at night.
The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could lead to increased disease outbreaks and affect food security around the world.
Many of the European mammals whose habitat is being destroyed by climate change are not able to find new places to live elsewhere.
Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and large-scale farming, may face another threat
A University of Exeter academic will lead a new international journal published by the British Ecological Society.
Jackdaws recognise each other’s voices and respond in greater numbers to warnings from familiar birds than strangers, new research shows.
Discovery of immune cells able to defend against mutating viruses could transform vaccine development
Scientists have found immune cells can fight different strains of the same virus – a discovery which could help transform vaccine development.
Degraded coral reefs are far quieter than five years ago, and no longer sound like a suitable habitat to young fish searching for a place to live and breed, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
The “blue light” emitted by street lights including LEDs, and commercial outdoor lighting such as advertising, is linked to a significant increase in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, innovative new research has concluded.
Research that revealed the devastating impact that microplastic pollution could have on the health of humans and wildlife has won a Guardian University Award.
Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests.
People in crowded urban areas – especially poor areas – see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential “nuisance” birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows.
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species – raising the risk that they will “jump” from one species to another, new research shows.
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
New research shows that coral bleaching not only whitewashes corals, but can also reduce the variety of fish occupying these highly-valued ecosystems.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are known for being amongst the biggest, fastest and most valuable fish in the sea.
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around – and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows.
Scientists have found a way to stop the spread of rice blast, a fungus that destroys up to 30% of the world’s rice crop each year.
The University of Exeter now has two Entrepreneurs in Residence, appointed as part of a new Royal Society scheme.
Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough.
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
Tiny jumping fish can leap further as they get older, new research shows.
Mongooses living in large groups develop “specialist” diets so they don’t have to fight over food, new research shows.
Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia for the carbon they store may fail because protection payments are too low, according to new research.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.
New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats.
New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of “extinction cascades”, where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.
One of the most startling sequences from Blue Planet II was the result of a ‘fisherman’s tale’, according to a scientific adviser to the series, speaking at the University of Exeter.
Scientists, breeders, farmers and conservation groups must continue to work in close collaboration to prepare for the potential re-emergence of a forgotten crop pathogen, a new study says.
Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.
Salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique, researchers have discovered.
Scientists have discovered how the movement and membrane dynamics of a specific organelle – called peroxisomes – are mediated.
Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world.
Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.