The tiny hairs found on plant roots play a pivotal role in helping reduce soil erosion, a new study has found.
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.
Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, 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.
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.
The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study tracking 300,000 trees over 30 years, published today in Nature.
Subjects across the Arts and Sciences at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best worldwide, in the latest influential global league table.
Chemical changes in the oceans more than 800 million years ago almost destroyed the oxygen-rich atmosphere that paved the way for complex life on Earth, new research suggests.
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.
A University of Exeter research institute has been boosted by the arrival of nine new staff.
A major five-year study into the impacts of beavers on the English countryside has concluded that the water-living mammals can bring measurable benefits to people and wildlife.
Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.
Older people could hold the key to revitalising rural communities, researchers say.
People power will be the driving force behind new wildlife havens in three Cornish towns.
Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.
One of the University of Exeter’s most talented climate researchers has received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.
Zoo improvements should benefit all animals and include a wide range of “enrichment” techniques, researchers say.
Tougher early lives could help captive-bred game birds develop survival skills for adulthood in the wild, new research suggests.
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.
Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt, new research suggests.
Squirrels that strongly favour their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.
Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood - according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk published today.
A virtual reality simulation developed near Exeter has made a global list of top 10 VR experiences for 2019.
Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research suggests.
Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.
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.
Post-menopausal killer whale grandmothers improve the chances of survival for their calves, new research has found.
Close friendships improve the survival chances of rhesus macaques, new research shows.
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.
More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active”, a group of leading scientists have warned.
November marks the start of a partnership between Hugo Boss fashion brand BOSS and an African elephant conservation charity, Elephants for Africa.
Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers say.
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.
Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows.
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.
Watching the behaviour and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research suggests.
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.
Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.
Research on zoo animals focuses more on “familiar” species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.
An Exeter scientist has been nominated for a climate communication award – alongside environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Unchecked climate change could drive Britain’s crop growing north and west, leaving the east and south east unable to support crop growing, new research suggests
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).
Many of Europe’s peatlands are currently the driest they have been in the last 1,000 years, new research shows.
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.
Amazon deforestation could be slowed by planting bean trees that would keep soils fertile and help smallholders make a living.
Mexico’s tourist beaches could be cleared of rotting seaweed by a new scheme to turn it into fertiliser and fuel.
Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.
Scientists are reconstructing the world’s “pristine” prehistoric oceans.
The ‘Great West’ can lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.
The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.
Scientists witnessing the destruction of the natural world must be supported and “allowed to cry”, researchers say.
Citizen scientists are being urged to help shine a light on one of the most significant, yet often neglected, environmental issues by using photos taken from space.
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.
Household cooking fats and hygiene products played a pivotal role in the formation of the giant fatberg found lurking under a Devon seaside town, scientists have revealed.
Flamingos at the Oakland Zoo are at their flamboyant best thanks to scientists at the University of Exeter.
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.
The search is on for five passionate individuals to travel to Earth’s most remote continent and join Antarctic Scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams, from the University of Exeter, on a first-of-its-kind scientific research mission in December.
The first step in Devon’s journey towards carbon neutrality was taken today when Devon’s Net-Zero Task Force met for the first time.
Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.
Scientists at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall have taken to social media to help raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste generated in laboratories and encourage more sustainable science.
A new £2.7 million research programme will investigate whether a ‘nanoweapon’ could be deployed in the global battle against deadly fungal infections.
A University of Exeter professor has won a prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to sport medicine and the exercise sciences.
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.
New research from the University of Exeter shows that the Food for Change programme, which uses growing, cooking and trading activities to inspire change, is making a huge difference to people’s lives across Cornwall.
A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.
Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study has revealed.
Middle-aged people are lonelier than older adults and young people, new research suggests.
DHGE and University of Exeter to deliver online programmes in nutrition, recovery and rehabilitation
Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE) has joined forces with the University of Exeter to transform workforce development and empower staff to educate patients on nutrition, rehabilitation and recovery.
Men’s empathy for other men who sexually harass women may help explain why they are more likely to blame victims, new research suggests.
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.
How much carbon dioxide can tropical rainforests absorb?
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.
Humans are controlling Earth’s life support systems like “rowdy schoolchildren” let loose on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, according to a leading scientist.
Gulf between UK fracking industry and public opinion laid bare as less than 1 in 10 people say regulation of shale gas extraction is too strict
A major new public attitudes survey on fracking shows people have low trust in the energy companies involved and want decisions taken at a local level.
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.
The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has shown.
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.
Climate protests by young people hit the headlines this year – but could the theories of a 100-year-old man hold the key to protecting our planet?
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.
£10 million funding for pioneering new Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste announced
A £10.5 million investment will fund a pioneering new collaborative research centre, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time.
Top male biathletes are more attractive to the opposite sex, according to a new study by scientists at the universities of Exeter and Bristol.
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.
Data presented at the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) conference demonstrates mycoprotein is a more effective source of protein to support post exercise muscle building compared to some animal proteins.
Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.
Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.
The public is invited to see women in science present their research in Princesshay on Saturday June 29.
A University of Exeter scientist has won a gold award for his research into the nocturnal behaviour of flamingos.
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.
The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist.
If you want to live a healthier life and help save the planet then the science points to eating less meat.
Universities have alerted us to the scale of the climate crisis – now they must lead in showing society how to solve it
Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed.
A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.
Climate change could heighten the risk of future outbreaks of armed conflict and civil war, a study has said.
Migratory hoverflies are “key” to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.
Giant petrels will be “temporary” winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region – but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows.
Muscle decline caused by ageing and certain diseases could be dramatically slowed by stopping a chain reaction that damages cells, new research shows.
A leading climate scientist has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
A University of Exeter scientist has won FameLab International, a global competition to find the best new science communicators.
Extreme erosion of Arctic coastlines in a changing climate – up to a metre a day – has been revealed with drone surveys.
Psychologists might hold the key to reducing soil erosion that wrecks pasture land belonging to the Maasai tribe in Tanzania.
People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.
A new study has revealed a range of factors that cause a variation in predation by magpies on farmland songbirds.
Greater transparency is needed to understand the influence of lobbyists when delivering crucial renewable energy schemes in the UK.
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.
Hundreds of people gathered to discuss climate and environmental issues at the University of Exeter last night.
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.
Experts from the University of Exeter are leading an innovative, free online course to explore how the UK’s energy systems must evolve in order to help tackle climate change.
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.
Exeter has declared an environment and climate emergency to support those calling for urgent action and show commitment to leading the change required.
Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are “not nearly radical enough”, a leading scientist says.
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.
World-leading climate change experts from the University of Exeter will give a fascinating insight into the impacts of global warming when they appear on a hard-hitting BBC documentary.
Scientists want to know what the people of Plymouth think about plans to release beavers into a fenced enclosure in the city.
The Committee on Climate Change has extended the deadline on a call for evidence to identify relevant published information about the risks and opportunities facing the UK from climate change.
Cystic fibrosis experts will gather to discuss their research and share ideas at the University of Exeter.
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.
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
A daily intake of nutritional supplements won’t help stave off the onset of depression, a new study has revealed.
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.
The University of Exeter’s science and humanities subjects have been ranked amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.
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.
Men and women value, access and use resources from the natural environment in distinct and different ways, a new study has shown.
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.
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.
Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests.
Drinking tea or coffee, exercising and imagining events are things that most of us do sometimes, but they might tell us more about how people with bipolar disorder can manage their condition.
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.
Exeter and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory strengthen commitment to world-leading marine science research
Two of the South West’s leading environmental research organisations have strengthened their commitment to collaborating to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean.
A leading Clinical Neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award for his work.
With emissions already at a record high, the build-up of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere could be larger than last year due to a slower removal by natural carbon sinks.
Nuclear safety and counter-terrorism policing could be boosted by new virtual reality (VR) training being developed at the University of Exeter.
Forest giants have long been considered the oldest trees in tropical forests, but new research shows small trees can also be very old, and can even grow older than the big ones.
People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.
Scientists have made a step forward in understanding the evolution of human feet.
Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.
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.