A major new project will investigate the defence mechanisms of bacterial cells, to help stop the spread of drug-resistant genes.
Learning how clothes are made has a “transformative” effect on people’s relationship with fast fashion
Knowing more about how clothes were made can have a transformative effect on people’s relationship with fast fashion, a new study shows.
Community growing schemes and mapping empty housing identified as key sustainability goals for Cornwall
Supporting community growing schemes and mapping unused properties to house local people have been identified as sustainability goals for the coming year by community leaders across Cornwall, according to a new report.
Three academics from the University of Exeter have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy.
Scientists have identified more than 1,500 genetic differences between migratory and non-migratory hoverflies.
The vital role of wildflower seeds in pollinating our food, maintaining biodiversity and contributing to the economy will be highlighted on National Meadows Day (2 July) in two new reports published by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity Programme (SWEEP).
Giving Living Wage Town status to Penzance would help improve the local economy and the reputation of the area, new research shows.
Investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about our reserves of “natural capital” should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda, a new report suggests.
DNA molecules called plasmids – some of which protect bacteria from antibiotics – can spread rapidly through bacterial "communities" that are treated with antibiotics, new research shows.
Satellites and drones can provide key information to protect pollinators, researchers say.
A new breed of honey bees provides a major advance in the global fight against the parasitic Varroa mite, new research shows.
The different "languages" used by viruses will be investigated by a new research project at the University of Exeter.
A tiny rodent trims tall grasses so it can watch the skies for flying predators, new research shows.
All eligible laboratories at the University of Exeter have now achieved Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) accreditation.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have received £10 million to investigate and tackle biodiversity loss in the UK through partnerships and community action.
Three University of Exeter researchers have been awarded prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Discovery Fellowships.
Talent in rural areas of Cornwall “wasted” because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, study warns
The skills of talented people in living in rural Cornwall are being wasted because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, a new study warns.
A major new project will investigate how bacterial defences influence the spread of segments of DNA called mobile genetic elements (MGEs) between bacteria.
New research has moved a step closer to harnessing viruses to fight bacterial infection, reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance.
New repair cafes where people can mend and modify clothing and creating “20 minute neighbourhoods” would help to revitalise Cornish high streets, a new report says.
The University of Exeter has helped secure more than £3 million in funding to lead pioneering new research into sustainable mineral production in the Philippines.
A new exhibit in Copenhagen explores what happens when museum objects are allowed to change and decay.
A University of Exeter lab manager has been named a "Sustainability Champion" in the 2021 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.
More than 80% of eligible laboratories and research spaces at the University of Exeter have now been assessed via the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF).
There can be "trade-offs" between increasing human wellbeing and improving the resilience of societies and ecosystems, researchers say.
A Renewable Energy Expert from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship to pioneer new research to create ultra-compact and lightweight solar panel technology.
Domestic cats that regularly catch wild animals still get most of their nutrition from food provided at home, new research shows.
Hospitals in Cornwall committed to cutting plastic use – but ‘closing the loop’ essential, say researchers
Cornwall's hospitals are redoubling their efforts to use less single-use plastics despite the huge demand for PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ecosystems provide multiple services for humans. However, these services depend on basic ecosystem functions which are shaped by natural conditions like climate and species composition, and human interventions.
Researchers have demonstrated how a detailed ‘cradle to grave’ evaluation at the outset of new metal mining explorations can greatly mitigate against negative environmental impacts.
Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows.
Solutions to help pollinators can be tested using a “virtual safe space” tool created by scientists at the University of Exeter in collaboration with farmers and land managers.
The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council recently ran a successful photography competition encouraging people in Cornwall to get out and explore their local green spaces.
Players of the popular game Red Dead Redemption 2 learn how to identify real American wildlife, new research shows.
A project that’s turning green deserts into wildlife-friendly spaces across Cornwall has received a prestigious award.
Changes in the colour and intensity of light pollution over the past few decades result in complex and unpredictable effects on animal vision, new research shows.
Dr Stineke Van Houte has received £250,000 to support her research into antimicrobial resistance.
Cornwall's farmers could unlock "natural capital" worth millions of pounds, a new report suggests.
Progress towards a fair and sustainable "doughnut economy" is happening at differing rates in different parts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, according to a new report.
Research establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing the battle against resistance
Researchers have made progress towards a G7 commitment to establish safe standards for the release of antimicrobials into the environment, by developing a new framework that establishes safe thresholds.
Tourism and the natural environment can be managed in ways that benefit both, new research reports suggest.
The UK government has pledged an initial £700,000 for a nature recovery project in Cornwall as a "legacy" of this week's G7 summit.
Nothing says Cornwall more than a Cornish pasty, but have you ever considered the environmental impact it is having?
A new citizen science study is trying to understand how easy it is to spot lameness in sheep by using a simulation game - in order to help reduce the use of antibiotics in sheep farming and fight the global problem of antimicrobial resistance. Click here to take part.
South West England has scored 65 out of 100 for ocean health, a new report reveals.
The Environment and Sustainability Institute launches new film to highlight the importance of working with partners to secure a sustainable future
With a week to go before the G7 conference starts in Cornwall, the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is launching a new film that documents the power of investing in ideas, research and partnerships to secure a more sustainable future.
Photographers of all ages are being invited to take part in a photo competition celebrating nature in urban spaces across Cornwall.
Road verges cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain – an area the size of Dorset – and could be managed to help wildlife, new research shows.
New partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust to help protect the natural world
A new, national partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust will see the two organisations join forces to help protect the natural world.
Labs at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received top level recognition for introducing and improving sustainable practice and reducing research impact on the environment.
2021 marks almost a decade of the ESI Creative Exchange, a rich and absorbing programme of arts/science collaborations between researchers at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and South West based creative practitioners.
Making spaces on the high street for clothing repairs could transform “make do and mend” into the “hipster’s’ equivalent of a spa day”, experts say
Making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity, experts say.
Some Himalayan glaciers are more resilient to global warming than previously predicted, new research suggests.
Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.
The reopening of a café – a year after closing due to lockdown – could mark a milestone in Cornwall's drive towards a "circular economy" with little or no waste.
Stormier weather will increasingly force fishers to choose between their safety and income, researchers say.
Female gannets travel further than male gannets to find fish for their chicks in some years but not others, new research shows.
Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.
Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.
The University of Exeter has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.
Build Solar has won funding to explore whether their technology could be used extensively across UK rail networks in order to harvest solar energy at scale.
Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.
Drones are a powerful tool for conservation – but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new report.
The University of Exeter will lead a pioneering new research centre, designed to revolutionize how crucial metals are extracted, used and reused in clean and digital technologies across the UK.
Artificial night-time lighting has a diverse range of effects across the natural world and should be limited where possible, researchers say.
A new four-year project ‘GREENPEG’ has received a grant of €8.3 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop new techniques to explore for pegmatite rocks containing lithium and other green technology metals.
A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently – and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide – new research shows.
Pioneering new analysis of deep-sea sediments has revealed the climatic changes over the last 66 million years of Earth’s history - which can be studied like a ‘colourful barcode’.
New research reveals current understanding of safe antibiotic levels in rivers may not prevent evolution of antibiotic resistance.
Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.
Shortening food supply chains and improving local public procurement could provide a significant boost to the Cornish economy post-Covid-19, according to new research.
Extinction Rebellion supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.
Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.
Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.
Students develop innovative ideas to help tackle the world’s greatest problems during Grand Challenges week
From new technology to end loneliness to children’s books and food labelling to tackle the climate emergency – University of Exeter students have developed innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.
A University of Exeter postgraduate student has been honoured with The Diana Award - the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.
A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.
Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.
People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.
Appetite for fast fashion goes out of style when people learn about impact of mass-produced clothing, study shows
Learning in groups how to make, mend and modify clothing reduces the appetite for fast fashion, a new study shows.
The distinctive relationship between art and the natural world will be explored during a special virtual event in Cornwall, to be held later this month.
Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.
The agave plant - which is used to make tequila – could be the key ingredient to unlocking a new way of producing environmentally-friendly transport fuel and hand sanitizer, new research has found.
Should I Stay or Should I Go? – new exhibition offers fascinating insight into Cornwall’s hidden world
A stunning new exhibition will offer a fascinating glimpse into the colourful and often kaleidoscopic world of bacteria, hidden out of sight throughout the distinctive Cornish landscape.
Year 9 pupils from schools around Cornwall spent the day at the Penryn Campus for the annual Environment and Sustainability Day, which was this year based on the theme ‘Sustainable Futures for Cornwall’.
New findings from University of Exeter researchers reveal how bacterial immune systems can be harmful for their hosts and explain why they are not found in many bacteria.
A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.
Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.
Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers say.
A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.
Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.
More than 160 secondary school pupils from around the county have attended a schools environment conference at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus yesterday (Tuesday), in association with Cornwall Secondary Schools.
An ambitious new plan for helping our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects is being launched today by Buglife, the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council.
Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.
Citizen scientists are being urged to help shine a light on one of the most significant, yet often neglected, environmental issues by using photos taken from space.
Scientists at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall have taken to social media to help raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste generated in laboratories and encourage more sustainable science.
Sexual selection can sometimes explain phenomena that natural selection alone cannot, and some bacteria could also exhibit sexual selection, researchers at the University of Exeter argue.
Experts working to help find ways to stop Britain’s fast fashion addiction will share their findings at a new exhibition touring Cornwall this month.
An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides.
Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.
Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.
A team of intrepid students from the University of Exeter has been making waves at a special, pan-European eco-racing competition.
A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.
Giant petrels will be “temporary” winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region – but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows.
People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.
An Exeter mining expert has spoken of her delight after being awarded a significant honour.
Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.
Researchers based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute have guest edited and published in a new special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
Understanding the complex networks of “contact chains” between British farms, could help identify potential routes for spread of infections and improve disease control strategies for the cattle industry.
Year 10 pupils from schools across Cornwall spent the day at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus last week for the annual Environment and Sustainability Day, which was based on the theme: ‘Sustainable Fashion – Catwalk to Global Cat-astrophe’.
The Digital Humanities Lab roadshow visited the Penryn campus on Wednesday 27 February and was hosted by the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). The event was planned in collaboration with Penryn Archives & Special Collections, who provided some interesting material for digitisation.
Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations
Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.
A creative and environmentally aware teenager from North Devon has designed and built a whale tail sculpture to raise awareness of the impact of single use plastic. The sculpture, which is made from 1500 recycled water bottles, is currently on display in the ESI building on the Penryn Campus until the end of term.
Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.