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 patients 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Sleeper cells’, which can survive doses of antibiotics and lie resting in a dormant state, may hold a key to understanding antibiotic resistance, research has found.
Societies ranging from ancient Rome and the Inca empire to modern Britain and China have evolved along similar paths, a huge new study shows.
Blue Planet II, which has captured the nation’s imagination and highlighted the beauty and plight of marine life around the world, starred the University of Exeter’s Steve Simpson, Associate Professor of Marine Biology & Global Change.
Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic ‘six pack’ holders and discarded fishing gear.
Sustainable seafood and electric cars are among the eco-friendly industries that will be the focus of new research at the University of Exeter.
A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.
A researcher overcame termites, mice, flash floods and camera malfunctions to win a nature photography award.
A £2m grant has been awarded to the GW4 Alliance by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to fund the establishment of a Freshwater Centre for Doctoral Training.
Mongoose mothers boost their pups’ survival chances by evicting rival females from their social groups, new research shows.
Forecasts which predict how climate change will affect UK birds are improving, new research suggests.
Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.
In a paper published last month in Critical Reviews in Toxicology, Katie Mintram, a PhD researcher at Exeter, discusses the environmental impacts of endocrine activating chemicals on freshwater fish.
A leading expert in evolutionary genomics will deliver a high-profile lecture at the prestigious Linnean Society of London on Thursday, November 2 2017.
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of global warming, a new study shows.
Natural selection quickly turns a melting pot of microorganisms into a highly efficient community, new research shows.
A new research group will focus on how seafood can be safely and sustainably produced for the world’s growing population.
A coffee morning organised by Biosciences volunteers has raised £279.63 in donations towards supporting cancer care charity Macmillan.
Researchers say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect”.
Biosciences PhD student, Rebecca Millard, has been awarded a grant of £320 by the University of Exeter Annual Fund to set up weekly indoor hockey sessions to enhance mental wellbeing for Exeter’s postgraduate researcher community.
Melting ice is releasing frozen plastic into the Arctic Ocean, as plastic waste flows towards the Pole.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
A high-flying duck species reaches altitudes of up to 6,800 metres (22,000 feet) to cross the Himalayas, new research shows.
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how mitochondria – the “powerhouses” of human cells – are made.
Otters can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
A virus which infects plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients, new research shows.
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
Animals that rely on camouflage can choose the best places to conceal themselves based on their individual appearance, new research shows.
Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits.
A spinout company, which provides moth larvae for use in scientific testing – reducing the need for tests on mice and rats – has won a £100,000 grant.
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
Anti-depressants flushed down the loo reduce natural shyness in fish.
An international partnership between the University of Exeter and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have recently published the first method of its kind for standardising analysis of Restriction site-Associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq) data.
Plants use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to control how their cells react to varying levels of light, new research shows.
A University of Exeter ecologist has won a prestigious prize for his outstanding achievements.
Britain’s population of hazel dormice has declined by more than 70%, new research shows.
A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.
Animals living in areas where conditions are ideal for their species have less chance of evolving to cope with climate change, new research suggests.
Where does your cat go when it leaves the house? What does it eat?
Noise from motorboats is making fish become bad parents, and reducing the chance of their young surviving, research led by marine experts at the University of Exeter has shown.
Peru's river dolphins will get new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter.
A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award.
Climate change could threaten reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, new research suggests.
Insecticide resistance sounds like a superpower for the average male fruit fly – but there’s a catch.
Young mongooses may conceal their identity – even from their own parents – to survive.
Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals.
A new population of an endangered and elusive cat species has been found in Borneo.
Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.
Small groups of meerkats – like those often seen in zoos – are at greater risk of chronic stress.
Computer games have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision.
Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia.
Prestigious Human Frontiers Science Programme grant awarded to international research team led by University of Exeter
Families can make art from litter found in the sea and on beaches as part of a free event at Falmouth Art Gallery.
Met Office technology used to study climate change is being used by scientists to predict the sorting and location of proteins in cells of the human body.
Families can identify the fascinating creatures found on Cornwall’s shores with the help of a University of Exeter animal ecology expert as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.
A Biosciences expert from the University of Exeter is celebrating after being honoured as one of an exclusive group of leading entrepreneurs, at a special ceremony at the House of Commons.
New research led by the University of Exeter in partnership with the Environment Agency and Westcountry Rivers Trust highlights how studying population genetics could improve the management of sea trout within the southwest.
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
The evolution of land animals has been shaped by barriers such as oceans and mountains which have divided them and sent them down different genetic paths.
Amounts and sugar content of nectar vary between commercial varieties of oilseed rape (OSR) produced with different breeding systems, when tested in the glasshouse.
New ‘frog-swab’ testing device revolutionises diagnosis of the deadly amphibian chytridiomycosis disease
University of Exeter researchers, Dr. Michael Dillon, Dr. Jamie Stevens, and Dr. Chris Thornton have joined forces with Dr. Andrew Bowkett of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust in developing a ground-breaking new diagnostic device for the rapid detection of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).
An international team of researchers has identified a core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites.
Researchers at the University of Exeter, as part of a global collaborative research programme, have produced a guide to help coral reef managers understand the impacts of stressors on coral reef ecosystems.
Gang warfare is not unique to humans – banded mongooses do it too.
A proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Scotland’s west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say.
People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.
A new plan to protect Myanmar’s diverse marine life has been announced.
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.
Growing up in tough conditions can make wild animals live longer, new research suggests.
Endangered penguins are foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change, research led by the University of Exeter and the University of Cape Town has revealed.
Penryn PhD students are celebrating after sweeping the board at a high-profile research competition.
LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research by the University of Exeter.
Urgent need to check how males and females respond differently to ocean acidification.
The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered.
The number of mammals used in animal testing could be cut dramatically and replaced with moth larvae.
We all need contacts – how organelles hug in cells
With an alarming growth in antibiotic resistance and doctors increasingly having to resort to last-chance antibiotics to save patients, is there a better way for hospitals to manage antibiotic treatment regimens?
A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.
PREDICTS database shines a light on ‘dark data’- making projected biodiversity responses to human pressures freely available
Despite a commitment being made during the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce the rate of global biodiversity loss by 2010, indicators of species richness and abundance continue to show unrelenting declines.
Climate change improves the breeding chances of migratory geese in the Arctic – but puts mother geese at more risk of death, according to a new study.
A treatment billed as a potential breakthrough in the fight against disease, including cancer, could back-fire and make the disease fitter and more damaging, new research has found.
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.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
The University of Exeter now has two Entrepreneurs in Residence, appointed as part of a new Royal Society scheme.
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.