News archive 2017
‘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.