Educational video could improve the welfare of millions of broilers23 December 2019The welfare of millions of broiler chickens could be improved thanks to an educational video to help farmers identify and encourage positive welfare in broilers. The video has been created following collaborative work by The Co-op, their chicken supplier, Two Sisters Food Group, and research partners the University of Bristol and FAI Farms.
Bristol's Smart Internet Lab partners with Ben-Gurion University10 December 2019The University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab has formalised an agreement to collaborate with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel on research and education in Telecommunications Networks, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence.
DEEP PURPLE – future biological darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet11 October 2019An ERC (European Research Council) Synergy grant of €11 million over six years (2020-2026) has been awarded to an international group of scientists coordinated by the University of Bristol to examine the role of glacier algae in progressively darkening the Greenland Ice Sheet surface in a warming climate.
Bristol scientists awarded £1.25 million to study antimicrobial use and resistance in Argentinian farms7 October 2019What drives the risks of antimicrobial resistance in Argentinian livestock farms? How can these risks be minimised through effective regulation? These are just some of the questions that an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Bristol, led by the Bristol Veterinary School, will answer, thanks to a £1.25 million grant from the Global AMR Innovation Fund, managed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and UK Aid, administered by BBSRC.
New Global Animal Welfare Assurance launched to improve lives of farmed animals4 October 2019A new Global Animal Welfare Assurance initiative to improve the lives of farmed animals launches today [4 Oct] on World Animal Day. Led by the University of Bristol, it aims to share knowledge and best practice with farmers and food businesses to increase the proportion of animals farmed to high-welfare standards.
Botanic gardens could help mitigate against climate change and biodiversity loss2 October 2019The Secretary General of the world's largest plant conservation network, with over 600 members, that links botanic gardens around the world in a shared commitment to save threatened plant species and raise awareness about the importance of plants will give a talk organised by the University of Bristol Botanic Garden next week [Monday 7 October].
Europe's oldest lake traces 1.4 million years of Mediterranean climate10 September 2019New research by an international team of scientists, led by the University of Cologne and including the University of Bristol, has revealed a lake considered to be the oldest in Europe was first established 1.36 million years ago and has existed continuously ever since.
Dr Caroline Anne Williams, 1962-20193 September 2019Dr Caroline Williams, who was at the heart of the life and work of the School of Modern Languages for 25 years and a longstanding colleague at the Cabot Institute, died aged 57 on 9 August. Her friend and colleague Dr Sally-Ann Kitts offers this remembrance, bringing together the many memories and expressions of love sent to her by Caroline’s friends and colleagues at the University of Bristol and beyond.
Buzz along to the Botanic Garden23 August 2019What are the medicinal properties of honey and how can a garden make a difference to pollinators? These and many other questions will be answered at a bee festival later this month.
New insight into bacterial infections found in the noses of healthy cattle16 August 2019New research led by academics at the University of Bristol Veterinary and Medical Schools used the 'One Health' approach to study three bacterial species in the noses of young cattle and found the carriage of the bacteria was surprisingly different. The findings which combined ideas and methods from both animal and human health research could help prevent and control respiratory diseases.
Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?16 August 2019Plants can tell the time, and this affects their responses to certain herbicides used in agriculture according to new research led by the University of Bristol. The study, in collaboration with Syngenta, found that plant circadian rhythms regulate the sensitivity of plants to a widely used herbicide according to the time of day. The findings could benefit agriculture by reducing crop loss and improving harvests.
GW4 supercomputer Isambard proves competitive14 August 2019Researchers from GW4 universities Bristol and Cardiff assessed the performance of the GW4 Alliance Isambard supercomputer using an open-source Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) code.
Sustainable student spin-out wins ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’8 August 2019University of Bristol alumnus, Charlie Guy, has been crowned national ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and awarded £30,000 at the Shell Enterprise Development Awards 2019, to grow and develop his sustainable farming company LettUs Grow.
Genes that first enabled plants to grow leaves identified by scientists6 August 2019The genes that first enabled plants to grow shoots and conquer the land have been identified by University of Bristol researchers. The findings, published in Current Biology [1 August], explain how a 450-million years ago a switch enabled plants to delay reproduction and grow shoots, leaves and buds.