News archive - 2010

Coral can recover from climate change damage

A study by the University of Exeter provides the first evidence that coral reefs can recover from the devastating effects of climate change.

Study confirms Bisphenol A link to disease in adults

Researchers from the University of Exeter and Peninsula Medical School have found more evidence for a link between Bisphenol A exposure (BPA, a chemical commonly used in plastic food containers) and cardiovascular disease.

Stain repellent chemical linked to thyroid disease in adults

A study by the University of Exeter and the Peninsula Medical School for the first time links thyroid disease with human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Exeter scientist discovers how the butterflies got their spots

How two butterfly species have evolved exactly the same striking wing colour and pattern has intrigued biologists since Darwin’s day.

Exeter student uses artificial intelligence to understand bee behaviour

A University of Exeter PhD student has used artificial intelligence to shed new light on the behaviour of bumble bees.

Cornwall research project inspires major new BBC series

A research project based at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus has inspired the BBC’s latest primetime wildlife documentary series.

Exeter scientist advances north on Arctic expedition

A scientist from the University of Exeter is one of three South West women taking a leading role in a major Arctic expedition this spring.

Does promiscuity prevent extinction?

Promiscuous females may be the key to a species’ survival, according to new research by the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool.

Schools celebrate science at Exeter

School pupils from across the South West will measure the speed of light, discover artificial intelligence and see what happens to everyday objects at -200° C.

Exeter biologist earns international award for reef research

A bioscientist from the University of Exeter is one of five people worldwide to be named a recipient of the 2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.

Grant to explore link between chemical and heart disease

The British Heart Foundation is to fund research exploring the link between Bisphenol A (BPA), a manmade chemical found in commonly used plastics, and heart disease.

Devon’s brightest stars on path to university

An innovative new scheme to get Devon’s young people on the path to higher education has been launched at the University of Exeter. 

International Conference on Novel Enzymes

The second International Conference on Novel Enzymes was held in Exeter, from the 14th to the 17th April 2010, in collaboration with the European Section of Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB).

University of Exeter welcomes faculty from National Taiwan University

A delegation of six professors from National Taiwan University (NTU) visited the University of Exeter last week to share their expertise with academics in the School of Biosciences.

Mongoose traditions shed light on evolution of human culture

A groundbreaking study of banded mongooses in Uganda has shown even small-brained animals pass on traditions, giving a valuable insight into how complex human culture could have evolved.

Battle of the sexes exists in the plant world too

A University of Exeter scientist has contributed to research which shows plants, like animals, also have a battle of the sexes when it comes to raising their offspring.

Killer whales and the mystery of human menopause

The evolutionary mystery of menopause is a step closer to being solved thanks to research on killer whales.

Putting research into practice with the GWCT

Conservation of the British countryside and its biodiversity will be key research themes for collaborative work between the University of Exeter and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

Do snails have sat-nav?

A scientist from the University of Exeter is helping to solve one of the great gardening mysteries – do snails have sat-nav?

Fossil reveals 48 million year history of zombie-ants

A 48 million-year-old fossilised leaf has revealed the oldest known evidence of a macabre part of nature – parasites taking control of their hosts to turn them into zombies.

BPA and testosterone levels: first evidence for small changes in men

An international group of researchers led by the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter have for the first time identified changes in sex hormones associated with BPA exposure in men.

CSI-style detection work reveals the advantage for crafty crows

Scientists from the University of Exeter have used ‘CSI-style’ detective work to help reveal the huge evolutionary advantage that can be gained by animals using tools to forage for food.

Exeter scientist helps expose the secret life of snails

A national competition to find the UK’s top amateur scientist has been won by a 69-year-old grandmother from Devon — with a little help from the University of Exeter.

Salmon 'losing distinct genetic characteristics'

The distinct genetic characteristics of salmon populations in Spain are being lost as a result of climate change and human interference, a study has warned.

Research proves ‘gender-bending’ chemicals affect reproduction

New research has provided the first evidence that ‘gender bending’ chemicals which find their way from human products into rivers and oceans can have a significant impact on the ability of fish to breed in UK Rivers.

Catching Geese on Autumnwatch 2010

Dr Stuart Bearhop from the the Centre of Ecology and Conservation joins Chris Packham on Autumnwatch 2010 to catch light-bellied Brent Geese

No easy solution to genetic ‘battle of the sexes’

A study involving researchers at the University of Exeter shows a genetic ‘battle of the sexes’ could be much harder to resolve and even more important to evolution than previously thought.

Research reveals impact on endangered turtles

New research has revealed up to 16,000 endangered turtles are being caught each year by villagers in just one region of Madagascar, despite a government ban.

Brent geese show parents know best

Research from a six year study on migrating geese has discovered an interesting outcome – they return to the same spots they were taken to as youngsters.

Excellence ranking for Biosciences

The world-class research and international links of the University of Exeter’s Biosciences department has been recognised with a prestigious endorsement.

University forges stronger research links with Fera

The internationally recognised research expertise of the Biosciences department at the University of Exeter and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) will now work in closer collaboration following a new agreement.

High profile research to tackle plant disease

Researchers from the University of Exeter have played a key role in research which aims to tackle plant disease and contribute to future food security.

Finding new ways to tackle environmental diseases

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new approach to studying potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria which could help speed up the process of finding vaccines.