Animal embryos evolved before animals28 November 2019A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol and Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, has discovered that animal-like embryos evolved long before the first animals appear in the fossil record.
Discriminating diets of meat-eating dinosaurs4 November 2019A big problem with dinosaurs is that there seem to be too many meat-eaters. From studies of modern animals, there is a feeding pyramid, with plants at the bottom, then plant-eaters, and then meat-eaters at the top.
Botanic gardens could help mitigate against climate change and biodiversity loss3 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].
Hidden danger from pet dogs in Africa9 September 2019Researchers at the Universities of Abuja and Nigeria, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, have detected a potentially human-infective microbe in pet dogs in Nigeria.
A new reptile species from Wales named by Bristol student3 September 2019After resting for decades in the storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London, a fragmentary fossil from the Late Triassic (200 million years ago) has been named as a new species by a Masters’ student at the University of Bristol.
Buzz along to the Botanic Garden22 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.
Separate polarisation and brightness channels give crabs the edge over predators22 August 2019Fiddler crabs see the polarisation of light and this gives them the edge when it comes to spotting potentials threats, such as a rival crab or a predator. Now researchers at the University of Bristol have begun to unravel how this information is processed within the crab's brain. The study, published in Science Advances today [Wednesday 21 August], has discovered that when detecting approaching objects, fiddler crabs separate polarisation and brightness information.
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.
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult15 August 2019New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus developed and how this tells us about its posture.
Introducing the Allotment + Community Garden13 August 2019In May, a team of staff and students from the School of Biological Sciences, External Estates and Sustainability came together to create the Allotment+ Community Garden project. Students from the Bristol SU Roots Community Gardening Society also helped to secure an Education Innovation Grant to develop an area of unused land, next to the David Smith Building on St Michael’s Hill. Nineteen volunteers signed up for our ‘big clean’ and made a tremendous effort to clear and start to create this fantastic usable space.
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 scientists5 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.
Increasing value of ivory poses major threat to elephant populations
30 July 2019The global price of ivory increased tenfold since its 1989 trade ban by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), new research has found. The University of Bristol Veterinary School study, published in Biological Conservation [25 July], is the first to analyse trends in global ivory market values since the ban came into effect.
Plant and Agricultural Sciences Fellowships at Bristol 17 July 2019The School of Biological Sciences is seeking highly motivated individuals to join us as Independent Research Fellows to lead research in the field of plant and agricultural sciences. Prospective fellows are invited to visit the department, meet with academic and support staff and will be given the opportunity to present their proposed research area.
Scientists get on their soapboxes to tackle gender bias8 July 2019Next month Broadmead Shopping Centre will be transformed into a celebration of women in science, as a troupe of 12 leading female scientists from across the South West will leave their labs and lecture halls in favour of Bristol city centre for the annual Soap Box Science Festival [12-3pm on Saturday 13 July].
Clouds dominate uncertainties in predicting future Greenland melt25 June 2019New research led by climate scientists from the University of Bristol suggests that the representation of clouds in climate models is as, or more, important than the amount of greenhouse gas emissions when it comes to projecting future Greenland ice sheet melt.
How in times of trouble animals also stand together20 June 2019Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to a new study by University of Bristol researchers published today [Thursday 20 June].
2019 Bristol Teaching Awards winners announced13 June 2019Nominees, winners and supporters of the 2019 Bristol Teaching Awards gathered in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building yesterday (Wednesday 12 June) to celebrate colleagues' outstanding contributions to teaching, student support and enhancement of the student learning experience.
Dolphins form friendships through shared interests just like us, study finds12 June 2019When it comes to making friends, it appears dolphins are just like us and form close friendships with other dolphins that have a common interest. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by an international team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Zurich and Western Australia, provides further insight into the social habits of these remarkable animals.
Feathers came first, then birds4 June 2019New research, led by the University of Bristol, suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds - changing how we look at dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs, the flying reptiles.
Researchers identify how to find best and worse colours for camouflage31 May 2019Avoiding detection can provide significant survival advantages for prey, predators, or the military. For the first time, scientists from Bristol’s Camo Lab have identified a new method to find the optimal colour to minimize or maximize detectability of a target. The study is published in a Royal Society Interface study.
New research shows that mites and ticks are close relatives24 May 2019Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates, the mega-diverse group of 110,000 arthropods that includes spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks.