9 May 2022
Newly published research from WildCRU in the Department of Zoology, in collaboration with the Saïd Business School, raises important concerns about whether the trade in donkey skins is being used as a cover for smuggling elephant tusks, pangolin scales and other illegal wildlife products.
From the Conversation: Biodiversity: why new rules to ensure nature benefits from building projects could fail
24 March 2022
EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, and colleagues from the University of Kent write about “biodiversity net gain” – a measure applying to most new developments in England which is intended to ensure nature is left better off overall than before the project began.
From The Conversation: How we discovered that sea turtles in Seychelles have recovered from the brink
17 March 2022
April Burt from the Department of Plant Sciences, together with colleagues from the Universities of Exeter and Pisa, writes about a success story on the isolated Aldabra Atoll.
25 January 2022
New scientific research from Oxford University's Plant Sciences department transforms our understanding of the origins of the sweet potato - identifying a key piece in the puzzle of the evolutionary history of one of the world’s most important staple crops.
20 January 2022
Data collected by the team revealed that 50% of the birds studied were capable of diving over twice the depth previously thought, with implications for conservation efforts of this endangered species.
15 December 2021
Professor David Macdonald, who has led the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Department of Zoology since 1986, will hand over to Amy Dickman in the New Year. Professors Claudio Sillero and Andrew Loveridge will become joint Deputy Directors.
9 December 2021
As part of their research project Amanda Matthes and Jonas Beuchert, supervised by Professor Alex Rogers, developed ‘SnapperGPS’, a low-cost, low-power wildlife tracking system based on satellite navigation. In summer 2021, they deployed it for the first time on wild animals: endangered loggerhead sea turtles in Cape Verde.
9 November 2021
An interview with Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology in the Department of Zoology.
27 September 2021
Professor Scotland has spent more than three decades at Oxford on painstaking research, in the tradition of Darwin and other monographers, working out the taxonomy of plant species to discover what exists, where are they found and how are they related.
16 September 2021
New research led by the University of Oxford, published in Conservation Letters, has examined the conflict between small-scale fisheries and marine mammals, using the experience of fisheries on the west coast of South America to highlight a worldwide issue.
16 September 2021
New research published recently in the journal eLife sheds fresh light on plant chloroplasts, and the proteins inside them. The regulation of chloroplast proteins is important for plant development and stress acclimation and is increasingly significant as plants are having to respond to changing environments.
New Oxford University research will help optimize environmentally friendly ways of fertilising plants
30 July 2021
New research from the Departments of Plant Sciences and Engineering Science, as well as collaborators at VU Amsterdam, uses both mathematical modelling and experimental validation to study the metabolic processes controlling how bacteria provide ammonia to legumes, which is vastly important for sustainable agriculture.
29 June 2021
Oxford University scientist, Dr Chris Thorogood, from Oxford Botanic Garden teamed up with Siti-Munirah at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, and local explorer, Dome Nikong, to describe a strange plant from the depths of the Malaysian rainforest.
19 May 2021
The overall process of fruit ripening in tomato (including colour changes and softening) can be changed –speeded up or slowed down – by modifying the expression of a single protein located in subcellular organelles called the plastids. This offers a novel opportunity for crop improvement.
13 May 2021
Nature-based solutions (NbS) can contribute to the fight against climate change up to the end of our century, according to new Oxford research in Nature. The analysis suggests that, to limit global temperature rise, we must slash emissions and increase NbS investment to protect, manage and restore ecosystems and land for the future.
12 May 2021
Hollie Booth from the Department of Zoology and colleague William Arlidge from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries write about new research proposing that commercial fishing companies and seafood consumers should pay compensation for the environmental impacts of fisheries.
12 May 2021
New collaborative research, led by the University of Oxford and published today in Ecological Solutions and Evidence, shows that a simple tropical forest assessment tool can robustly estimate forest condition, demonstrating high levels of agreement with detailed scientific data sets of biodiversity, forest structure and ecosystem functioning.