News archive 2019
The extraordinary sounds of fish communicating to one another has been captured for the first time in the UK at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Cricket brownies and “chocolate chirp cookies” were served at a meeting about the future of edible insects.
A team of experts have discovered that a common fungus that infects humans can not only predict an imminent attack from the immune system, it will even change its appearance to hide from it.
“Climb on me”, “climb on you” and “resume play” are among the requests wild orangutans make to each other, researchers say.
The quest to better understand how genomic information is read has taken a new step forward, thanks to pioneering new research.
Plants that can “bounce back” after disturbances like ploughing, flooding or drought are the most likely to be “invasive” if they’re moved to new parts of the world, scientists say.
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows.
The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity’s ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests.
Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software framework developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter.
Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published today in Nature Communications.
Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.
The University of Exeter has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the pivotal role it has played to expose the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife.
Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, is featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.
A leading expert on how fungal diseases affect human lungs will join the University of Exeter next year.
A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.
Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.
Thinking about sex and gender would help scientists improve their research, a new article published today argues.
“Big data” for life sciences – A human protein co-regulation map reveals new insights into protein functions
Proteins are key molecules in living cells. They are responsible for nearly every task of cellular life and are essential for the maintenance of the structure, function, and regulation of tissues and organs in the human body.
PhD training across the biosciences has received a massive boost thanks to a £18.5 million funding award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation) to the University of Bristol-led South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP).
An ambitious new plan for helping our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects is being launched today by Buglife, the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council.
Scientists have made a breakthrough in the hunt for a new vaccine for killer hospital bug Clostridioides difficile (C. diff).
Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.
Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows.
Mexico’s tourist beaches could be cleared of rotting seaweed by a new scheme to turn it into fertiliser and fuel.
By Abi Gwynn, University of Exeter masters by research student working with the Borneo Nature Foundation and CIMTROP-University of Palangka Raya, in Palangka Raya, Indonesia
Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.
Scientists witnessing the destruction of the natural world must be supported and “allowed to cry”, researchers say.
Each year, the Darwin Landing Day Seminar celebrates Charles Darwin’s landing in Falmouth in 1836 after his voyage on HMS Beagle, a journey which changed humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe.
Jackdaws are more likely to join a mob to drive off predators if lots of their fellow birds are up for the fight, new research shows.
Tracking the world’s second-largest shark species has revealed that it moves to different depths depending on the time of year.
Jackdaws can learn from each other to identify “dangerous” humans, new research shows.
Scientists know that light, litter and noise are all major stressors on marine life but we don’t yet have a full understanding of their combined and comparative effects on the environment. However this is set to change thanks to two Exeter alumni.
Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.
Cefas and University of Exeter scientists have presented a novel concept describing the complex microbial interactions that lead to disease in plants, animals and humans.
A leatherback turtle has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall – the first confirmed sighting of a live leatherback in UK waters this year.
A brand new method has been developed to investigate links between top predator diets and the amount of microplastic they consume through their prey, offering potential insights into the exposure of animals in the ocean and on land to microplastics.
Environmental champions from the Seychelles, Oxford and Cornwall met at the Eden Project to show what the paradise island of Aldabra can teach the world about the scourge of ocean plastic.
Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.
An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides.
Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows.
Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.
The evolution of more severe infections is not necessarily driven by bacteria multiplying faster, new research shows.
Scientists are developing a pioneering technique that allows them to monitor insects in the air using weather radars, as part of a research project called BioDAR.
Scientists have given a fascinating new insight into the way microbes adopt a ‘co-operative’ approach to securing the nutrients they need to thrive.
Delve into the hidden world of microorganisms, discover the strange creatures that lurk in the deep ocean and the frozen continent, and be amazed by secretive glowing animals at this year’s Science in the Square.
Experts from the University of Exeter have played a pivotal role in shaping a new Government report to combat exposure to toxic chemicals in the home.
More “intensive” beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.
Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests.
Overfishing increases the threat posed by climate change to fish stocks and fisheries, according to a new report for MPs.
Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.
Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.
Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.
Insects and diseases that damage crops are probably present in many places thought to be free of them, new research shows.
Chameleon prawns change colour to camouflage themselves as the seaweed around them changes seasonally, new research shows.
Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests.
A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.
Migratory hoverflies are “key” to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.
OBE for scientist demonstrating devastating impact of plastic pollution
A University of Exeter scientist has won FameLab International, a global competition to find the best new science communicators.
The “loser effect” – which causes animals to shy away from violence after losing a fight – evolves independently of any change in fighting ability, new research suggests.
Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.
“Swarms” of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe’s wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research.
Older male crickets are better at getting females to live with them – but they mate less than younger rivals once they find a partner.
How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found.
Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are “not nearly radical enough”, a leading scientist says.
A University of Exeter technician has won the Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award 2019.
A Devon scientist will face royalty and the stars of TV show Dragons’ Den in a competition for entrepreneurs.
Flocks of birds may appear to move with a single mind, but new research shows jackdaws stick with their mates – even though it harms the flock.
Two University of Exeter scientists will be part of an international team studying plastic pollution in the River Ganges.
Climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, new research shows.
An international team of ecologists has carried out the first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant.
Join a team of students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus for a day filled with interactive wildlife activities for all the family.
Scientists want to know what the people of Plymouth think about plans to release beavers into a fenced enclosure in the city.
Tests of Europe’s rivers and canals have revealed more than 100 pesticides – including 24 that are not licensed for use in the EU.
One of the world’s foremost experts in fish ecology and bioacoustics has been awarded a prestigious prize from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Do some crickets like to get up early, while others prefer staying up late?
Male crickets age more slowly if they have access to plenty of females, new research shows.
Artefacts such as bows and arrows do not necessarily prove our ancestors had sophisticated reasoning and understanding of how these tools worked, new research suggests.
Young people around the world will get the chance to explore the Arctic via live broadcasts from researchers.
A scientist who specialises in marine turtle research has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).
Exeter experts give insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices on award-winning series
University of Exeter experts will give a fascinating insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices when they appear on the BBC’s latest Blue Planet UK series.
Researchers based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute have guest edited and published in a new special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
Striking traits seen only in males of some species – such as colourful peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are partly explained by gene behaviour, new research suggests.
Understanding the complex networks of “contact chains” between British farms, could help identify potential routes for spread of infections and improve disease control strategies for the cattle industry.
Wildlife conservation charity urges private amphibian traders to prevent Bsal fungus from infecting wild populations
The University of Exeter is seeking cat owners to become researchers for a new study designed to test different techniques to reduce the amount of wildlife killed by domestic cats, while maintaining and improving cat health and welfare.
World leading researchers give insight into link between evolutionary medicine and early life effects
The quest to determine why people experience different long-term reactions to adversity in early life has received a new, ground-breaking boost.
An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, from elephants and crows, to whales and chimpanzees, argues that animals’ cultural knowledge needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts.
Maasai farmers do not kill lions for retribution whenever they lose sheep or cattle, new research shows.
Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades, a new review shows.
The benefits of the ‘silver spoon effect’ in mongoose pups extend across their lifetime, a new study has shown.
Location, location, location: Proximity to the mainland determines how coral reef communities respond to major environmental disturbances
Severe weather and environmental disturbances, such as cyclones or thermal coral bleaching, affect specific areas of coral reefs differently, new research has shown.
Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations
Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.
One of the world’s foremost experts in microplastics research has backed calls for a bold new national policy framework to help reduce the amount of ocean plastic pollution.
Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.
The observed population crash in a colony of sooty terns, tropical seabirds in one of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), is partly due to poor diet, research led by the University of Birmingham has found.
Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.
The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Industry Alliance has adopted the recommendations made by Exeter scientists for the setting of antibiotic manufacturing discharge targets around the globe.
Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.
A neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has secured a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award to pioneer new research into the function of neural circuits.
Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.