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News in 2009

Christmas dinners depend on control of plant diseases worldwide

16 December 2009

Spare a thought this Christmas for how plant diseases caused by pathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses could affect your celebrations.

Tick Top

30 November 2009

At a recent joint meeting in Dublin of the Irish Society for Parasitology  and the British Association for Veterinary Parasitology, the first prize for best research talk by a postgraduate student was won by Faith Smith for her presentation: Prevalence and distribution of ticks on dogs in the UK.

Bristol student team triumphs at MIT

13 November 2009

An interdisciplinary team of students from the University of Bristol went head-to-head with 111 other teams at a prestigious international competition in the field of synthetic biology – and came away with a gold medal and a prize for Best Model.

Public Engagement Ambassadors

10 November 2009

Michael Pocock and Chris Thorogood from the School of Biological Sciences were recently awarded bursaries to attend Bristol's Communicate conference as Public Engagement Ambassadors. These highly competitive bursaries gave Michael and Chris the opportunity to contribute, as scientists, to setting the agenda for the communication of science and environmental issues to the public.

Mantis shrimps could show us the way to a better DVD

25 October 2009

The remarkable eyes of a marine crustacean could inspire the next generation of DVD and CD players, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.

Major breakthrough could lead to new antibiotics for human use

14 October 2009

The means to fully understand and exploit a type of fungus that could form the basis of a new class of antibiotics has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol. With certain strains of bacteria becoming resistant to existing drugs, there is a growing need to find new sources of antibiotics.

Professor Steve Morris

17 August 2009

The School is shocked and deeply saddened to report the death of Professor Steve Morris. We lose a colleague and friend, a passionate teacher and researcher; science loses a world expert on the physiological adaptations of animals to extreme environments. He leaves behind his wife, Maria, and three children; our thoughts and wishes are with them.

NERC grant awarded to sequence the Senecio genome

30 July 2009

Professor Simon Hiscock and Dr Matthew Hegarty (now at IBERS), in collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Oxford (Dmitry Filatov) and St. Andrews (Richard Abbott) have been awarded a research grant of nearly £1.1 million by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to carry out the first extensive evolutionary genetic analysis of the genome of Senecio, a plant genus that includes the invasive alien Oxford ragwort.

Conservation Physiology highlighted in New Scientist

27 July 2009

Work on land crabs of Christmas Island by Professor Steve Morris, Dr Ute Postel and Lucy Turner of the Integrative & Environmental Physiology Lab, together with Professor Simon Webster (Bangor) was selected for highlight by New Scientist.

School pupils help scientists research 'alien' moths damaging conker trees

14 July 2009

More than 900 school pupils from across the region will be helping Bristol University scientists this week when they find out if their 'alien has been zapped'.