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A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. Professor Sir Mark Walport, the government's chief scientific advisor, speaks to the Today programme.
Wild animals see overhead power cables in remote regions of the countryside as disturbing lines of flashing lights, which could explain why many species avoid electricity pylons to the point where their natural territories become seriously fragmented, scientists said.
The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, analysed the UV corona associated with power lines in southern Norway, where there are now 23 distinct populations of wild reindeer as a result of habitat fragmentation caused by human infrastructure such as roads and overhead electricity cables, said Nick Tyler of the University of Tromsø in Norway
'Virtual' bees could help to unravel the "complex causes of colony decline" says a team led from University of Exeter.
The new computer model is designed to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies.
The BEEHAVE model, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies that have been reported in recent years and to identify the best course of action for improving honeybee health.
SCIENTISTS at Rothamsted Research North Wyke in Devon are working in partnership with Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downstream.
A new study suggests dogs and cats can see things that are invisible to humans — from psychedelic stripes on flowers to flashy patterned feathers on birds. Scientists say the secret behind this remarkable "superpower" is ultraviolet light detection.
As part of an EU-wide investigation into the potential for biotechnology to protect crops, scientists at the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory began a trial with blight-resistant potatoes in 2010
The world need no longer worry about running out of miso in the event of an apocalypse. A key ingredient in the Japanese soup was among thousands of samples locked away in the Arctic seed bank which has become known as the “Doomsday Vault”.
SCIENTISTS at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are working with partners at Rothamsted Research North Wyke, in Devon, to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downstream.
This study is part of the Insect Pollinators Initiative, joint-funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defra, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Government and the Wellcome Trust. It is managed under the auspices of the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.