Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers14 November 2018New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings vibrate and can absorb the sound frequencies used by bats for echolocation (biological sonar). The finding could help researchers develop bioinspired thin and lightweight resonant sound absorbers.
Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists12 November 2018A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of evidence as to the extent of damage directly attributed to the endangered species. An international team of researchers, including the University of Bristol, that monitored the damage directly caused by the Mauritian flying fox to commercial fruit has found the bat is responsible for only some, and could be managed effectively without the need to cull. The study is published in the journal Oryx.
Moths survive bat predation through acoustic camouflage fur8 November 2018Moths are a mainstay food source for bats, which use echolocation (biological sonar) to hunt their prey. Scientists from the University of Bristol are studying how moths have evolved passive defences over millions of years to resist their primary predators.
Business Minister visits Bristol BioDesign Institute and Unit DX29 October 2018The Rt Hon Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), visited the University’s Bristol BioDesign Institute today, along with a visit to science incubator, Unit DX [25 Oct].
Size and contrast increase the divertive effect of eyespots25 October 2018Recent studies have shown that some eyespots of prey divert the strikes of predators, increasing the likelihood of prey escape. However, little is known about what makes eyespots effective divertive (deflective) prey marks.
Zebrafish gravitate to higher levels23 October 2018Zebrafish could help scientists understand the early stages of diseases such as osteoarthritis after spending time in hypergravity to investigate how their development is affected by increased loading conditions. Postgraduate students from the University of Bristol completed their study at the European Space Agency (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Centre last month.
Pioneering animal welfare approach with AssureWel17 October 2018New guidance outlining a pioneering new approach for farm assurance schemes, retailers and farmers to improve animal welfare has been released following a six-year project with the Soil Association, RSPCA and University of Bristol.
Understanding natural fungicide synthesis: the pathway to strobilurins revealed at last9 October 2018Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Hannover studying a naturally-produced compound that inspired the biggest selling family of commercial agricultural fungicides have, for the first time, discovered how this important class of compound is synthesised in nature. The findings could potentially be used in the future to enable a ‘pick and mix’ approach with combinations of enzymes to make designer biosynthetic pathways for new compounds that could help to control crop diseases.
Easy to be Green5 October 2018An interactive art wall, a smoothie bicycle, various talks and stalls as well as plenty of freebies throughout the day. These are just some of the free activities available to all Bristol students and staff at Monday's sustainability fair. It will be a green takeover!
Discover hidden arts and science in the city with Bristol Fun Palaces1 October 2018Graffiti a YoBike, pedal fruit into a smoothie, discover optical illusions, make a postcard on a moving train and try your hand at willow weaving and poetry. These are just some of the free activities members of the public can try this coming weekend [Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October] across Bristol Fun Palaces.
Bristol comes together for Green Great Britain Week1 October 2018The University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, in conjunction with Bristol Green Capital Partnership and its members, will be taking part in Green Great Britain Week from the 15 to the 19 October with a host of events and activities planned in Bristol.
Managing sheep scab in UK flocks: there may be trouble ahead1 October 2018Parasites, including sheep mites, remain one of the most important limitations to animal health, welfare and productivity. A University of Bristol research paper about managing scab mites in UK sheep flocks has been presented with an Impact Award by the Vet Record, the official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
Stakeholder Workshop: Social Responsibility and Wheat Research26 September 2018Bringing together researchers, farmers, flour millers, commercial plant breeders, food industry representatives and civil society, the Bristol Cereal Genomics Lab held a Stakeholder Workshop entitled “Social Responsibility and Wheat Research” on 13th September.
New research could reduce primate electrocutions and help conservation strategies5 September 2018New research has mapped and analysed the incidence of primate electrocutions in Diani, Kenya to identify hotspot areas that should be prioritised to reduce the risk of electric shock. The study could also inform conservation strategies in other parts of the world where primate electrocutions are common. Electrocution threatens a wide range of primate species across the world and the hazard could become more widespread as species are increasingly restricted to human-dominated landscapes.
Evolutionary origins of animal biodiversity4 September 2018A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, has revealed the origins and evolution of animal body plans.
Russian connections of reptile from the Jurassic Coast30 August 2018The Triassic red rocks of the Devon coast around Sidmouth, some 240 million years old and pre-dating the earliest dinosaurs preserve fossil fishes, amphibians and reptiles, and a new specimen, uncovered with help from palaeontologists at the University of Bristol, shows distinct connections with Russia.
Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists29 August 2018A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers. The tool, developed by University of Bristol scientists, aims to help reduce prevalence of the disease.
Where would we 'bee' without pollinators?29 August 2018Without pollinators there would be no strawberries, apples and chocolate. At this weekend's Bee Festival at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden people will be able to find out how they can help bees and other vital pollinators or learn about growing fruit and vegetables. The Festival will also celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Avon Beekeepers Association Annual Honey Show.
Eavesdropping birds learn meaning of foreign alarm calls just by listening3 August 2018Birds often eavesdrop on the alarm calls of other species, making it possible for them to take advantage of many eyes looking out for danger. Now, researchers have found that fairy-wrens can learn those unfamiliar calls—which they liken to a foreign language—even without ever seeing the bird that made the call or the predator that provoked it.
Plants can tell the time using sugars3 August 2018A new study by an international team of scientists, including the University of Bristol, has discovered that plants adjust their daily circadian rhythm to the cycle of day and night by measuring the amount of sugars in their cells.
Animals Behaving Badly - BBC Documentary30 July 2018On Wednesday 25th April two researchers from the University of Bristol appeared in a new BBC Natural History documentary titled "Animals Behaving Badly" which aired on PBS in America.
Classic fossil site re-explored in undergraduate project30 July 2018Aust Cliff near Bristol has been known as a rich fossil site since the 1820s. Since then, thousands of people have visited this spectacular location on the banks of the Severn, and collected fossils of ancient sharks and sea dragons.