News archive 2020
A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.
New findings from University of Exeter researchers reveal how bacterial immune systems can be harmful for their hosts and explain why they are not found in many bacteria.
Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.
Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.
Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.
Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.
Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed.
It is a spectacular butterfly breed with an intriguing back story – now scientists have revealed how male-killing bacteria are helping to create a dazzling hybrid of the African monarch.
Older parents are less flexible when it comes to raising their offspring, according to a new study of beetles.
Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.
A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe.
Scientists and clinicians in Exeter are part of a £20 million investment to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.
A global analysis of over 300 marine species spanning more than 100 years, shows that mammals, plankton, fish, plants and seabirds have been changing in abundance as our climate warms.
Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security.
Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.
Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours – putting damselfish in distress.
A pioneering study has shed new light on how a group of novel organelle-based disorders affect cells.
A recent review of research highlights how genetics can support development of sustainable aquaculture for global food security.
Five leading researchers from across disciplines at the University of Exeter have received prestigious national fellowships, it has been announced.
One of the new generation of rising research stars at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship.
Four members of Biosciences staff have been awarded prestigious national research fellowships.
History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.
A leading scientist from the University of Exeter has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown.
Understanding how the physical and biological world reacts to climate change is a challenge that science must contend with.
State-of-the-art imaging method provides new insights into how bacteria move and exchange genetic information
Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in advancing our understanding of how bacteria move and perform genetic exchange.
Scientists have developed a test that can identify hybrids resulting from crossbreeding between European and American lobsters.
UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America.
Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.
Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.
Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.
A new study suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.
Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.
Amongst the world's most challenging problems is the need to feed an ever-growing global population sustainably.
Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil that can be assigned to the living annelid worms, the group of animals that contains earthworms, leeches and many different forms in the ocean including polychaetes (such as ragworms and lugworms).
Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.
A new study has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.
Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.
The collaborative centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures (SAF) is celebrating double success in the Cefas Paper of the Year competition.
Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter postgraduate student has been honoured with The Diana Award - the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.
The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.
Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.
A director from David Attenborough’s Dynasties series will speak to Professor Steve Simpson, of the University of Exeter, in a free online event.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
The immune systems of mammals – including humans – might struggle to detect and respond to germs from other planets, new research suggests.
Designing a sustainable future for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector – A One Health approach
Seafood is one of the fastest-growing and highly traded food markets.
Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.
Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses – and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.
Insect-based feeds for farmed animals could help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target, researchers say.
Researchers and conservationists who have been tracking turtle migration for over a decade believe a new study highlights the need for investment and conservation of vital marine habitats which play a key role in turtle’s formative years.
Scientists have identified an "Achilles heel" that could help in the fight against a killer fungus.
Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.
Herring gulls notice where approaching humans are looking, and flee sooner when they're being watched, a new study shows.
A leading expert on infectious diseases has joined a fungal research team at the University of Exeter.
A University of Exeter scientist has been chosen as president of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).
Galapagos tourist guides are being retrained to catalogue the islands' famous biodiversity.
Scotland’s Plant Health Centre has launched a set of five key principles, which outline important steps to protect plant resources.
Fans of UK whisky and gin "need to worry about plant health", scientists say.
Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently – and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide – new research shows.
The new study aims to assess an until now hidden form of marine litter and show the effects it could have on our seas
Plans to release a virus to reduce numbers of invasive Common Carp in Australia are unlikely to work and should be dropped, researchers say.
A University of Exeter expert has been awarded a prestigious medal for his cutting-edge research to explain the complexities of animal sensory systems, coloration, and behaviour.
The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers say.
A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
Researchers have launched an ambitious project to discover the impacts of plastic pollution in the oceans of Southeast Asia – and how the problem might be tackled.
A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.
Mantis shrimps carefully survey burrows before trying to evict rivals, new research shows.
Artificial night-time lighting has a diverse range of effects across the natural world and should be limited where possible, researchers say.
A plant which had previously been dismissed as not being medically useful could prove to be a hero in disguise, after scientists discovered it not only stops the growth of breast cancer cells but does not affect normal cells – a potential first for future cancer chemotherapy treatment.
Scientists specialising in the marine environment will answer questions on ocean conservation during a free online event organised by the University of Exeter.
Animals that live slowly – breeding less rapidly and living longer – could be "reservoirs" of diseases that could jump to new species including humans, new research suggests.
Female banded mongooses lead their groups into fights then try to mate with enemy males in the chaos of battle, new research shows.
Groups of animals consider multiple factors before deciding whether to fight rivals, researchers say.
The University of Exeter and its partners have secured a new £3.5m Centre for Doctoral Training with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to research chemicals in the environment.
Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows.
New epidemic diseases have an evolutionary advantage if they are of "intermediate" severity, research shows.
Naturally occurring compounds in ash leaves could be linked to susceptibility of individual trees to the fungal disease ash dieback (ADB), new research shows.
Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers say.
Animals that migrate "live fast and die young", new research shows.
The human ability to teach and our use of complex tools may have evolved together, according to new research.
Scientists aim to tackle plastic pollution in the Galapagos Islands and wider Eastern Pacific in a major project based on cooperation with local researchers and communities.
A £12.2 million funding boost will help scientists at the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust contribute to national efforts to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves
A team of University of Exeter students are using genetically engineered bacteria to produce a material that could help repair degraded coral reefs.
Indonesian wildfires that cause widespread air pollution and vast carbon emissions are a "fixable problem", according to the leader of a project set up to help tackle the issue.
A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans, new research shows.
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows.
Animal species in different parts of the world can evolve in "parallel" in response to similar conditions, according to a new study of fish.
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows.
Many birds are able to change their egg-laying date to cope with variable conditions, new research shows.
Electronic tags released in the Ganges river show plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months.
Animals can fall into an "ecological trap" by altering their behaviour in the “wrong direction” in response to climate change, researchers say.
Bans on shark fishing are only partially effective in protecting sharks, new research suggests.
Crops grown near Chernobyl are still contaminated due to the 1986 nuclear accident, new research shows.
Ivory Coast has announced the creation of its first Marine Protected Area (MPA).