New Life Sciences building site receives its first visitors17 December 2012Fully equipped with hard hats, steel-capped boots and high-viz vests, two groups from the School of Biological Sciences were the first visitors to have an opportunity for a guided tour of the new Life Sciences building site.
Six new lecturers start in Biological Sciences3 December 2012All six of our new academic positions in Biological Sciences have now started. We are delighted have them here in Bristol and very much looking forward to working with them in the future.
Study will help genetic understanding of dangerous new viruses13 November 2012Scientists studying the genes and proteins of human cells infected with a common cold virus have identified a new gene identification technique that could increase the genetic information we hold on animals by around 70 to 80 per cent.
Unique plants in Bristol8 November 2012Planet Earth podcast: how conservationists are using science to help protect rare plants found only in Bristol's Avon Gorge.
Shortage of plant disease experts threatens tree and crop health7 November 2012Plant pathology has been lost completely or greatly reduced at 11 universities and colleges while fewer than half the institutions which teach biology, agriculture or forestry offer courses in plant pathology, according to a recently published report led by University of Bristol academics
New study sheds light on how and when vision evolved6 November 2012Opsins, the light-sensitive proteins key to vision, may have evolved earlier and undergone fewer genetic changes than previously believed, according to a new study from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Bristol published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) .
How a fish 'broke' a law of physics6 November 2012Silvery fish such as herring, sardine and sprat are "breaking" a basic law of physics, according to new research from the University of Bristol published in Nature Photonics.
Holy bat detector! Ecologists develop first Europe-wide bat ID tool13 August 2012Just as differences in song can be used to distinguish one bird species from another, the pips and squeaks bats use to find prey can be used to identify different species of bat. Now, for the first time, a team of ecologists, including Professor Gareth Jones from the University of Bristol, have developed a Europe-wide tool capable of identifying bats from their echolocation calls.
Bristol marine biologist explains how fish find home30 July 2012At the International Coral Reef Symposium, a major international conference in Cairns attended by 2,500 delegates, Dr Steve Simpson of the School of Biological Sciences joined an expert panel to brief the world's media on fish behaviour and population connectivity.
NERC funding for research in Biological Sciences18 July 2012Gareth Jones, Stephen Harris and Emma Stone received £559,705 from NERC for a project on ‘Experimental approaches to determine the impacts of light pollution: field studies on bats and insects’.
Scientists struggle with mathematical details26 June 2012Many people remember struggling with maths at school, but few of us would expect that professional scientists suffer from a similar problem in their daily work. A new study by biologists at the University of Bristol shows that scientists tend to overlook their colleagues’ research if it is packed full of mathematical equations.
How plants chill out23 May 2012Plants elongate their stems when grown at high temperature to facilitate the cooling of their leaves, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Current Biology. Understanding why plants alter their architecture in response to heat is important as increasing global temperatures pose a threat to future food production.
Research on avian conflicts showcased in special Science issue21 May 2012A special issue of Science has been published considering the deep evolutionary roots of violent confrontation, exploring the importance of war in our history and examining how such conflicts are mediated and thus enable peaceful coexistence. The issue focuses on human behaviour but contains an article showcasing the parallels established in non-human animals by the extensive research of Andy Radford on intergroup conflicts and intragroup affiliation in cooperatively breeding green woodhoopoes.
Fascination of Plants Day17 May 2012The importance of having plants on our planet will be in the spotlight when thousands of plant scientists, botanists, farmers and gardeners from around the world come together to share their Fascination of Plants.
Let’s get moving: Unravelling how locomotion starts16 May 2012Scientists at the University of Bristol have shed new light on one of the great unanswered questions of neuroscience: how the brain initiates rhythmic movements like walking, running and swimming.
Courtship in the cricket world1 May 2012Everyone wants to present themselves in the best light - especially when it comes to finding a partner. Some rely on supplying honest information about their attributes while others exaggerate for good effect. A new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, published in PNAS, has discovered how male crickets could use similar tactics to attract a mate.
Houston and McNamara become FRSs20 April 2012The Royal Society is the UK's Academy of Science and being elected a Fellow is recognition of research excellence of the highest order. Alasdair Houston, of the School of Biological Sciences, and his long time collaborator in the School of Mathematics, John McNamara, this year both join that elite group who can put the letters 'FRS' after their name.
Bristol researchers solve 70 year old mystery17 April 2012Chemists and biologists from the University of Bristol have finally cracked one of the longest standing chemical mysteries. In a paper published today in PNAS, the team demonstrate exactly how an unusual class of compounds known as tropolones are synthesised in fungi.
Scientists turn the spotlight on Bristol’s insect life this spring11 April 2012More than 100 parks, gardens, allotments, cemeteries and other natural and man-made habitats across Bristol will be studied by scientists from the University of Bristol this spring as part of the next phase of a three year, £1.3 million research project examining how bees, flies and other pollinating insects are affected by urbanization.
Professor hands over the reins of leading international journal11 April 2012Professor Gary Foster of the School of Biological Sciences will be stepping down at the end of 2012 after 13 years as Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology, the journal he launched in 2000 as a joint venture by the British Society of Plant Pathology (BSPP) and Wiley.
Vomiting caterpillars weigh up costs and benefits of group living9 April 2012A type of caterpillar which defends itself by regurgitating on its predators is less likely to do so when in groups than when alone, a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Liverpool has found. Such reluctance is sufficient to cancel out the benefits of being in a group.
Farm ‘weeds’ have crucial role in sustainable agriculture24 February 2012Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical in safe guarding fragile food webs on UK farms according to Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Natural products success23 February 2012PhD student Khomaizon Abdul Kadir Pahirulzaman (Myzone) returned from the Zing conference on Natural Products Synthesis and Biosynthesis with a prize for her poster "Efficient production of natural products in Aspergillus oryzae".