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.
Just like humans trying to stick to New Year's resolutions, guppies have varying levels of self-control, a new study shows.
Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter researcher is one of three winners of this year's BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award.
Dull, featureless camouflage provides better protection from predators than zebra stripes, according to a new study.
Positive “tipping points” could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.
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.
Big bumblebees take time to learn the locations of the best flowers, new research shows.
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.
Living beside familiar neighbours boosts a squirrel's chances of survival and successful breeding, new research shows.
The University of Exeter once again celebrated GIS (geographical information system) Day, this year with a 48-hour mapping challenge.
Animals can fall into an "ecological trap" by altering their behaviour in the “wrong direction” in response to climate change, researchers say.
The University of Exeter has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.
Preserving the world's peatlands – and the vast carbon stores they contain – is vital to limiting climate change, researchers say.
Scientists have created an evolutionary model to predict how animals should react in stressful situations.
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.
Inspirational and innovative software that provides virtual field trips to almost anywhere in the world, developed by academics at the University of Exeter, has won a prestigious national award.
People borrowing money for the first time should only be given small amounts until they have proved their competence, a new study says.
A team led by the University of Exeter has carried out a detailed review of evidence on physical activity interventions for people with congenital heart disease.
Living at low gravity affects cells at the genetic level, according to a study of worms in space.
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows.
A registered nutritionist and researcher at the University of Exeter has been awarded a British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) prize.
Drones are a powerful tool for conservation – but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new report.
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
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
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.
Elite runners need a specific combination of physiological abilities to have any chance of running a sub-two-hour marathon, new research shows.
New epidemic diseases have an evolutionary advantage if they are of "intermediate" severity, research shows.
Older people wearing face masks need to take extra care to make sure they don’t trip over obstacles when walking.
A huge new study has unravelled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality is increasing across the Amazon basin.
Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows.
A project that will use cutting-edge technology to develop safe and comfortable footwear for active older people has received a grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
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.
Some of the world’s most valuable ecosystems are facing a "triple threat" to their long-term durability and survival, new research shows.
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 "remarkable" project that aims to bring safe and reliable energy to informal settlements in South Africa has won the Chair's Prize in the 2020 Newton Fund awards.
Rising sea levels will affect coasts and human societies in complex and unpredictable ways, according to a new study that examined 12,000 years in which a large island became a cluster of smaller ones.
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.
Two innovative student-led projects, to create a washing machine filter that breaks down plastic microfibres and bring sustainable biofuel to remote communities in Africa, have secured a double success in a prestigious national competition.
Photographers are invited to submit images for inclusion in a major scientific report on climate change in the UK and around the world.
Mantis shrimps carefully survey burrows before trying to evict rivals, new research shows.
Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours – provided they stay out of "core" parts of their territory – 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.
Researchers working on a project across four European countries have seen a "significant rise" in volunteering and community action during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Climate experts from the University of Exeter have written to Devon County Council in support of action to encourage low-carbon travel.
Talented young athletes will soon get advice and support on reducing the risk of injury from two projects jointly run by the University of Exeter and England Athletics.
Five researchers at the University of Exeter have been awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle key issues from food and housing insecurities to autism diagnosis.
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.
New scientific publications reviewed since January 2020 strengthen the evidence that climate change increases the frequency and/or severity of fire weather in many regions of the world.
A new study into the causes of sensorimotor impairments prevalent among autistic people could pave the way for better treatment and management in the future, say psychologists.
Fans of UK whisky and gin "need to worry about plant health", scientists say.
Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say.
Scotland’s Plant Health Centre has launched a set of five key principles, which outline important steps to protect plant resources.
The University of Exeter has been nominated for four “Oscars of higher education” which honour the best teaching and research in the country.
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).
Feeling misunderstood by other groups makes people more likely to support separatist causes like Brexit and Scottish independence, new research suggests.
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.
A project to reduce risks related to landslides and floods has received £1.2m funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The world's oceans soak up more carbon than most scientific models suggest, according to new research.
Old male elephants play a key role in leading all-male groups, new research suggests.
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.
The amount of water in glacial lakes worldwide has risen by about 50 per cent since 1990, researchers say.
Shortening food supply chains and improving local public procurement could provide a significant boost to the Cornish economy post-Covid-19, according to new research.
A book about Little Miss Homeless has been created to raise awareness of women's homelessness.
The University of Exeter has been chosen as a "customer success story" by a global software company for inventive use of technology called GIS (geographical information system).
Pioneering new research has highlighted some of the political difficulties with the UK’s energy transition, in particular around vested fossil fuel interests.
A project jointly led by the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for a prestigious prize worth up to £500,000.
Swans display more aggression to fellow swans than other birds, new research shows.
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.
After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.
Prescription medication of cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) is safe for daily use in treating cannabis use disorder, and could help people to cut down on cannabis use, according to an initial randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.
Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, 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.
Mountain gorillas that live in oversized groups may have to limit the number of strong social relationships they form, new research suggests.
A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, lowers the post absorptive levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, more than meat and fish.
Educators at informal science learning sites such as science museums, zoos and aquariums promote interest and learning among visitors of all ages, new research has found.
The immune systems of mammals – including humans – might struggle to detect and respond to germs from other planets, new research suggests.
The quest to discover why friendship plays such a pivotal role in social and mental well-being has been given a significant boost, it has been announced.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
A study published today finds that governments worldwide have repeatedly resisted the placement of 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites on a list of “World Heritage In Danger”.
Head injuries may be worryingly common among police officers, according to a new pilot study led by the University of Exeter.
A revolutionary point-of-care test developed by experts from a University of Exeter spin-out company has been used to safely diagnose a lethal fungal lung disease during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Business consultant and author Sadie Sharp is working with 100 scientists, the majority female, to help them build their confidence in a male-dominated sector.
The impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste sector will be investigated in a new project led by the University of Exeter.
Canon Medical is supporting University of Exeter research into heart problems in children.
Palm trees are more than five times more numerous in tropical forests in the Americas than in comparable Asian and African forests, a new study 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 scientist who has worked with runners including Eliud Kipchoge and Paula Radcliffe is preparing for his own endurance challenge – running his first sub-three-hour marathon at the age of 50.
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.
Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable, new research suggests.
Workplace gender bias is being kept alive by people who think it’s no longer an issue, new research suggests.
Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).
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.
Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.
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).
Trinidadian guppies behave like matadors, focusing a predator’s point of attack before dodging away at the last moment, new research shows.
Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.
Warm and sunny springs – like the one just seen in the UK – can create conditions that pave the way for severe summer droughts, a new study has shown.
The impact of social and political systems on Colombian forests is explored through a short story from a collaboration between Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Hay Festival.
University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences PhD student Joao Mineiro has been awarded an EPSRC-funded studentship to explore whether virtual reality can be used in the treatment of chronic pain.
Amongst the world's most challenging problems is the need to feed an ever-growing global population sustainably.
Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.
Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.
The extent to which rivers transport burned carbon to oceans – where it can be stored for tens of millennia – is revealed in new research.
Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.
Young people, men and people in “individualistic” societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.
Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.
An online treatment proven to prevent anxiety and depression in young people is set to become available to the NHS and other mental health services worldwide.
A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, stimulates post-exercise muscle building to a greater extent than milk protein.
Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research published in Science suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Scientists have revealed the critical role that the chemical composition of bedrock plays in limiting vegetation growth in some of the world’s most barren and rocky terrains.
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.
Temperate and tropical dry forests – not just rainforests – are home to thousands of unique tree species, a new study reveals.
Frontline healthcare workers can take a new app-based micro-course on resilience and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut
Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A leading scientist from the University of Exeter has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
“Ethnic spaces” at US universities make students from underrepresented minority groups feel a greater sense of belonging and engagement with their university, new research suggests.
History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.
Digital training experts have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by rapidly making new personal protective equipment (PPE) training for NHS staff.
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.
New research demonstrates unsustainable levels of soil erosion in the UK.
Thousands of trees have been planted in former rainforest land in the Amazon, nourishing the soil and providing impoverished Brazilians with food and increased incomes.
A recent review of research highlights how genetics can support development of sustainable aquaculture for global food security.
Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows.
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.
One of the world’s leading experts in fungal lung disease has joined the University of Exeter
Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.
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.