Leprosy has been found in wild chimpanzees for the first time, a new study reveals.
Domestic cats that regularly catch wild animals still get most of their nutrition from food provided at home, new research shows.
A new study from the Kalahari Desert finds that teamwork allows birds to cope with brutally unpredictable environments.
Hoverflies use a combination of the sun and their body clock to navigate when they fly south for the winter, new research shows.
A new project will develop Artificial Intelligence tools to predict harmful blooms of algae in the ocean.
Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows.
Unrealistic experiments mean true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment is unknown, study warns
Unrealistic scientific experiments mean the true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment remains poorly understood, a new study warns.
Climate change will increase the burden of crop diseases in some parts of the world and reduce it in others, new research suggests.
Plastic pollution creates an "evolutionary trap" for young sea turtles, new research shows.
Deep-sea mining in international waters could begin in two years – but researchers say this is unnecessary and could cause irreversible damage to marine ecosystems.
Tourists who visit Africa's gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos should follow social distancing rules, researchers say.
Players of the popular game Red Dead Redemption 2 learn how to identify real American wildlife, new research shows.
Changes in the colour and intensity of light pollution over the past few decades result in complex and unpredictable effects on animal vision, new research shows.
A vast seabird colony on Ascension Island creates a "halo" in which fewer fish live, new research shows.
Dr Stineke Van Houte has received £250,000 to support her research into antimicrobial resistance.
Male jackdaws don't stick around to console their mate after a traumatic experience, new research shows.
Cornwall's farmers could unlock "natural capital" worth millions of pounds, a new report suggests.
COVID-19’s socio-economic effects will likely cause another severe production crisis in the coffee industry, according to new research.
Migratory birds carry most seeds in the wrong direction to help plants cope with climate change, new research shows.
A fair society has evolved in banded mongooses because parents don’t know which pups are their own, new research shows.
Chemical additives used in plastic production have been found in herring gull eggs, new research shows.
The story of a turtle caught twice in fishing nets reveals a dual threat facing many ocean animals.
The UK government has pledged an initial £700,000 for a nature recovery project in Cornwall as a "legacy" of this week's G7 summit.
Research project receives €6M to boost greener consumer products in Europe using innovative biotechnology
A pioneering, pan-European research project, designed to boost greener industrial processes for more sustainable daily consumer products like cosmetics or foods, has been launched.
Natural selection can reverse evolution that occurs through sexual selection and this can lead to better females, new research shows.
On World Ocean Day, June 8, a collaboration of scientific institutions and ocean groups from around the world will launch scientific monitoring devices into the ocean.
South West England has scored 65 out of 100 for ocean health, a new report reveals.
A new study of pigeons has revealed that they flock together in the presence of predators for the collective benefit, rather than for selfish interest.
Plastic pollution has been found in seawater, on beaches and inside marine animals at the Galapagos Islands.
Professor Adilia Warris, co-director of The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology based at the University of Exeter, has received this year’s Bill Marshall Award for her pioneering paediatric infectious diseases research.
Road verges cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain – an area the size of Dorset – and could be managed to help wildlife, new research shows.
G7 ministers meeting this week must "listen to the science" and protect the world's ocean, according to researchers and conversation organisations.
Plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems and predictive modelling – integrated at the global scale – are necessary to mitigate future plant disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, researchers say.
A team of researchers from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology and the University of Exeter, alongside Oceanswell, have used a new approach to understand the movement and drivers of commercial fishing fleet activity in one of the world’s most over-exploited oceans.
Numbers of two Mediterranean turtle species have risen in the last three decades – but in Cyprus the recoveries are happening at different rates, new research shows.
Thousands of sharks have been illegally caught in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Indian Ocean, new research shows.
Sea turtles in the Cayman Islands are recovering from the brink of local extinction, new research shows.
Ship movements on the world's oceans dropped in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions came into force, a new study shows.
Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.
Two scientists from the The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, based at the University of Exeter, have received prestigious Springboard Awards from The Academy of Medical Sciences for their research into a deadly fungal disease.
A leading fungal research centre has received a further five years' funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Red algae that grow in Cornwall's Fal Estuary are genetically unique, new research shows.
It makes evolutionary sense for long-lived animals to have complex social relationships – such as friends and enemies – researchers say.
The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads – with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say.
An elusive whale species in the Southern Ocean could be resilient to near-future ecosystem changes, according to a new study by the universities of Exeter and Copenhagen.
The risk of extinction among amphibians – the most endangered animals on the planet – increases for species that produce fewer babies per birth, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered in more detail than ever before how the human body’s immune system reacts to malaria and sickle cell disease.
Stormier weather will increasingly force fishers to choose between their safety and income, researchers say.
A cross-Channel partnership will use innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify the environmental conditions a range of important marine species need in order to thrive.
Female gannets travel further than male gannets to find fish for their chicks in some years but not others, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site used by the world's rarest seal species.
Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.
A University of Exeter scientist has written a book to accompany a new Sir David Attenborough TV series.
Chimpanzees and humans "overlap" in their use of forests and even villages, new research shows.
A specialist in cell biology and genetics is set to join the University of Exeter’s leading fungal research centre.
Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.
One of the most abundant bats in Europe may be attracted to wind turbines, a new study shows.
The strange social structure of tiny fish called emerald coral gobies may be explained by family loyalty, new research shows.
Oceans were once filled with the sounds of nature, but overfishing, climate change and human noise have fundamentally changed the natural underwater "soundtrack", researchers say.
Three quarters of ocean shark and ray species face an elevated risk of extinction, according to new research.
Scientists have discovered how bacteria commonly responsible for seafood-related stomach upsets can go dormant and then "wake up".
Having genitals of a certain shape and size gives male flies a major reproductive advantage, new research shows.
Dr Neeltje Boogert from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall has won the 2021 ASAB Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator.
Dull, featureless camouflage provides better protection from predators than zebra stripes, according to a new study.
Scientists have discovered how diatoms (a globally important group of eukaryotic algae) sense the availability of phosphorus, a vital macronutrient that controls diatom growth and productivity in the oceans.
Ivory Coast has announced the creation of its first Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Crops grown near Chernobyl are still contaminated due to the 1986 nuclear accident, new research shows.
Bans on shark fishing are only partially effective in protecting sharks, new research suggests.
Animals can fall into an "ecological trap" by altering their behaviour in the “wrong direction” in response to climate change, researchers say.
Electronic tags released in the Ganges river show plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months.
Many birds are able to change their egg-laying date to cope with variable conditions, new research shows.
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, 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.
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows.
A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans, new research shows.
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 team of University of Exeter students are using genetically engineered bacteria to produce a material that could help repair degraded coral reefs.
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
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.
The human ability to teach and our use of complex tools may have evolved together, according to new research.
Animals that migrate "live fast and die young", 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.
Naturally occurring compounds in ash leaves could be linked to susceptibility of individual trees to the fungal disease ash dieback (ADB), new research shows.
New epidemic diseases have an evolutionary advantage if they are of "intermediate" severity, research shows.
Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows.
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.
Groups of animals consider multiple factors before deciding whether to fight rivals, researchers say.
Female banded mongooses lead their groups into fights then try to mate with enemy males in the chaos of battle, new research shows.
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.
Scientists specialising in the marine environment will answer questions on ocean conservation during a free online event organised by the University of Exeter.
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.
Artificial night-time lighting has a diverse range of effects across the natural world and should be limited where possible, researchers say.
Mantis shrimps carefully survey burrows before trying to evict rivals, new research shows.
A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.
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 University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
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 expert has been awarded a prestigious medal for his cutting-edge research to explain the complexities of animal sensory systems, coloration, and behaviour.
Plans to release a virus to reduce numbers of invasive Common Carp in Australia are unlikely to work and should be dropped, researchers say.
The new study aims to assess an until now hidden form of marine litter and show the effects it could have on our seas
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.
Fans of UK whisky and gin "need to worry about plant health", scientists say.
Scotland’s Plant Health Centre has launched a set of five key principles, which outline important steps to protect plant resources.
Galapagos tourist guides are being retrained to catalogue the islands' famous biodiversity.
A University of Exeter scientist has been chosen as president of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).
A leading expert on infectious diseases has joined a fungal research team at the University of Exeter.
Herring gulls notice where approaching humans are looking, and flee sooner when they're being watched, a new study shows.
Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.
Scientists have identified an "Achilles heel" that could help in the fight against a killer fungus.
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.
Insect-based feeds for farmed animals could help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target, researchers say.
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.
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.
Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.
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.
The immune systems of mammals – including humans – might struggle to detect and respond to germs from other planets, new research suggests.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
A director from David Attenborough’s Dynasties series will speak to Professor Steve Simpson, of the University of Exeter, in a free online event.
Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.
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.
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.
Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable, new research suggests.
The collaborative centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures (SAF) is celebrating double success in the Cefas Paper of the Year competition.
Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.
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.
Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study 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).
Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.
Amongst the world's most challenging problems is the need to feed an ever-growing global population sustainably.
Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.
A new study suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.
Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.
Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.
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.
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.
Scientists have developed a test that can identify hybrids resulting from crossbreeding between European and American lobsters.
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.
Understanding how the physical and biological world reacts to climate change is a challenge that science must contend with.
Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown.
A leading scientist from the University of Exeter has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.
Four members of Biosciences staff have been awarded prestigious national research fellowships.
One of the new generation of rising research stars at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship.
Five leading researchers from across disciplines at the University of Exeter have received prestigious national fellowships, it has been announced.
A recent review of research highlights how genetics can support development of sustainable aquaculture for global food security.
A pioneering study has shed new light on how a group of novel organelle-based disorders affect cells.
Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours – putting damselfish in distress.
Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.
Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security.
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.
Scientists and clinicians in Exeter are part of a £20 million investment to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.
A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe.
Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.
Older parents are less flexible when it comes to raising their offspring, according to a new study of beetles.
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.
Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed.
Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.
Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.
Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.
Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.
Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.
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.
A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.