£3 million for major research study into UK greenhouse gas emissions13 December 2018A study to develop new methods for evaluating the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions using atmospheric observations has been awarded £3M by NERC. The project, led by researchers in Bristol’s School of Chemistry, is vital for assessing climate change mitigation measures.
Celebrating 10 years of the Green Impact Awards6 December 2018Today the iconic Wills Memorial Building will be lit in green to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Green Impact Awards, a University of Bristol-born environmental initiative, which has gone on to have national impact, having been adopted by over 400 UK organisations.
£1 million donation to establish a 'living laboratory' for livestock4 December 2018A groundbreaking 'living laboratory' for livestock will be established at the Bristol Veterinary School thanks to a £1 million donation from the John Oldacre Foundation. The John Oldacre Centre for Sustainability and Welfare in Dairy Production will tackle the global challenge of ethical food security and train the next generation of vets and agriculturalists to help address the major issues facing agriculture.
Opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders in agricultural science 2 November 2018Applications are now open for funded places to become part of the Farming Futures Doctoral cohort. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of PhD students tackling one of the most serious issues facing the world today – how can we feed the world sustainably and ensure global food security?
Understanding natural fungicide synthesis: the pathway to strobilurins revealed at last5 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.
Bristol comes together for Green Great Britain Week26 September 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.
‘Dragon eggs’ hatched to monitor volcanic activity7 September 2018The University of Bristol is pioneering the monitoring of volcanic activity by developing a cutting-edge measurement system that can withstand the harsh conditions around the heart of an active volcano.
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.
Where would we 'bee' without pollinators?31 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.
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.
Enzyme-powered protocells rise to the top20 August 2018Researchers at the University of Bristol have successfully assembled enzyme-powered artificial cells that can float or sink depending on their internal chemical activity. The work provides a new approach to designing complex life-like properties in non-living materials.
Ice sheets of the last ice age seeded the ocean with silica10 August 2018New research led by glaciologists and isotope geochemists from the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute for the Environment has found that melting ice sheets provide the surrounding oceans with the essential nutrient silica.
Deglacial changes in western Atlantic Ocean circulation27 July 2018A new study carried out by an international team of researchers, using the chemistry of ocean sediments has highlighted a widespread picture of Atlantic circulation changes associated with rapid climate change in the past.