Scientists outline potential of soil-free farming which could see crops grown in the desert23 July 2020A new study has outlined the potential of soil-free, computer-controlled farms as climate change and soil erosion limit our ability to grow crops. The research, published in New Phytologist and led by scientists at the University of Bristol, John Innes Centre and LettUs Grow, describe the growing environmental and economic case for vertical farming methods which could see crops grown in previously unfarmable environments such as the deserts of Dubai to countries with short daylight hours like Iceland.
Dr Janine Sargoni, 1973 – 202022 June 2020It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dr Janine Sargoni, an esteemed colleague and a beloved friend. Janine left us on 11 June 2020, after a two-year long battle with cancer.
Cabot Institute Innovation Fund 2020 – apply now!16 June 2020We are delighted to announce the annual call for proposals to the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund. A total of ~£20k is available to share between projects under this call. This will be distributed between the highest-ranked projects.
What are the effects of climate change on pollinators and human health?11 June 2020Three quarters of crop species depend on pollinators, but the service they provide is under increasing threat from climate change. An international collaboration, led by the University of Bristol, will investigate the effects of climate change on pollinators and people’s diet thanks to funding of nearly €1 million from The Belmont Forum.
University response to the Black Lives Matter movement11 June 2020The focus of the Black Lives Matter campaign was on Bristol at the weekend as many around the world watched protestors remove the statue of slave trader Edward Colston from the city centre and throw it into the docks.
Caboteer Professor Jon Bridle moving to UCL1 June 2020We would like to congratulate one of Cabot's Founding Fathers - Professor Jon Bridle - who is starting a new role at UCL as Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Centre for Environment and Biodiversity Research.
Social media can accurately forecast economic impact of natural disasters including COVID-19 pandemic8 April 2020Social media should be used to chart the economic impact and recovery of businesses in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research published in Nature Communications. University of Bristol scientists describe a ‘real time’ method accurately trialled across three global natural disasters which could be used to reliably forecast the financial impact of the current global health crisis.
Plant root hairs key to reducing soil erosion3 April 2020The tiny hairs found on plant roots play a pivotal role in helping reduce soil erosion, a new study has found. The research, led by the University of Bristol and published in Communications Biology, provides compelling evidence that when root hairs interact with the surrounding soil they reduce soil erosion and increase soil cohesion by binding soil particles.
New ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ aims to minimise harmful conspiracy theories23 March 2020Given the unhelpful surge of conspiracy theories circulating regarding Covid-19, a new ‘Conspiracy Theory Handbook’ is published this week. The book summarises the scientific research into conspiracy theories: why people believe them, the traits of conspiratorial thinking, and how to counter them.