News archive - 2009

Fish guts explain marine carbon cycle mystery

Research by the University of Exeter reveals the major influence of fish on maintaining the delicate pH balance of our oceans, vital for the health of coral reefs and other marine life.

Floella rewards career driven Biosciences student

Kate Gaskell, a third year Biosciences student from the University’s Cornwall campus is celebrating a £1,000 payout to further her career.

Exeter study links water pollution with declining male fertility

New research strengthens the link between water pollution and rising male fertility problems.

Bizarre bird behaviour predicted by game theory

A team of scientists, led by the University of Exeter, has used game theory to explain the bizarre behaviour of a group of ravens.

British butterfly reveals role of habitat for species responding to climate change

Most wild species are expected to colonise northwards as the climate warms, but how are they going to get there when so many landscapes are covered in wheat fields and other crops?

Exeter researcher to develop coatings that kill superbugs

A scientist from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus is part of a €3 million Europe-wide research collaboration to pioneer research into safer, more effective antibacterial plastics and coatings.

Cornish schools inspired by science careers event

Children from eight Cornish schools, from Callington to St Ives, visited the Cornwall Campus, known locally as Tremough, in Penryn, on Wednesday 25 March to learn about careers in the life sciences.

Eggs to benefit from local support this Easter

The support of local people will help ensure a bumper yield of eggs in Cornwall this Easter, according to researchers from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus, Penryn.

University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory join forces to tackle environmental issues

The relationship between the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory has moved a step closer, with the signing of a memo of understanding.

Scientists identify world’s largest leatherback turtle population

An international team of scientists has identified a nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, West Africa as the world's largest.

Cornwall students sample sealife surveying

University of Exeter students benefited from a marine surveying course at the Cornwall Campus, Penryn, on Friday 29 May.

Exeter biologist gives views on science and religion at film premiere

A biologist from the University of Exeter presents his views on science and religion in a new documentary film, being launched at the Royal Society, London, on Monday 13 July.

First genome sequenced in Cornwall

A team of scientists based in Penryn has conducted the first genome sequencing in Cornwall.

Researchers capture bacterial infection on film

Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host.

Exeter scientists help tackle threat to farmers

Scientists from the University of Exeter are working on a €3.54million European Union project to tackle the most common disease among European livestock.

Mother knows best

University of Exeter scientists have found new evidence to explain how female insects can influence the father of their offspring, even after mating with up to ten males.

Exeter biologist in science and religion debate

A University of Exeter professor has aired his views on science and religion at a high-profile debate at the British Science Festival in Guildford.

Impact of renewable energy on our oceans must be investigated, say Exeter scientists

Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth are calling for urgent research to understand the impact of renewable energy developments on marine life.

Exeter encourages budding biologists

South West school kids were encouraged to consider a career in biosciences at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 23 September.

South West and South Wales Microbiology Forum success

This year’s South West and South Wales Microbiology Forum was hosted on the 24 September 2009 by the School of Biosciences.

Exeter scientists track green turtle’s 900km migration

University of Exeter scientists are part of the first team to monitor a sea turtle’s journey from the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Studies suggest males have more personality

Males have more pronounced personalities than females across a range of species – from humans to house sparrows – according to new research.

Cornwall Campus biologist hosts international animal behaviour conference

A biologist from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus is hosting an international animal behaviour conference in London.

University of Exeter announces new leader for research

University of Exeter Head of Biosciences Professor Nick Talbot has been promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer.

Whiskers hold secrets of invasive mink

Details of the lifestyle of mink, which escaped from fur farms and now live wild in the UK, have been revealed through analysis of their whiskers.

Turtles’ Christmas journey tracked by scientists

The journeys of two marine turtles around the world’s oceans will be available to view online this Christmas, thanks to a new research project launched by the University of Exeter.