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Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards champion high-impact research

Award Engineering MPLS Maths Physics Zoology

Oxford University has celebrated high-impact research with the first Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. MPLS researchers were among those recognised.

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Citizen scientists capture penguin breeding dynamics

Zoology

Using data from nearly 74,000 images, volunteer armchair scientists have helped Oxford University researchers to capture and better understand, the breeding habits of penguin breeding colonies across the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and South Georgia.

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

MPLS academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Award MPLS Physics Plant sciences Zoology

The pioneering work of members of the University, including several in MPLS, has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

New estimates of the environmental cost of food

Research Zoology

Research published in the journal Science highlights the environmental impacts of thousands of food producers and their products, demonstrating the need for new technology to monitor agriculture, and the need for environmental labels on food products.

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Could we work with our bacteria to prevent infection?

Research Zoology

As microbes have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials scientists have become interested in new solutions to the growing superbug crisis, including the use of defensive microbes and faecal transplants. In new research, Oxford University scientists have developed a fast lab-based approach, creating positive co-dependent relationships between hosts and bacteria - termed ‘mutualisms’. These lab-developed bacterial relationships demonstrate how microbes can work with their hosts to prevent infection.

Awards and grants for MPLS researchers

Awards and grants for MPLS researchers

Award Chemistry Funding Maths Physics Plant sciences Zoology

Two MPLS academics have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, with a number of other academics receiving awards and significant grants.

Feeling the beat through the elephant's feet

Feeling the beat through the elephant's feet

Earth sciences Research Zoology

Iconic and intelligent creatures, elephants continue to fascinate curious onlookers and scientists alike. Now, a new Oxford University collaboration with Save The Elephants, has shown that elephant behaviour can be determined in a new way: through the vibrations they create.

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Medical science Research Zoology

Researchers at the University of Oxford have proposed an evolutionary framework to understand why microbes living in the gut affect the brain and behaviour, published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Zoology

Researchers at Oxford University have shown that it is possible to identify genetic catalysts that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria – and that this knowledge could be used to design treatments to stifle the development of resistance.

Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

MPLS Zoology

Using detailed computer simulations, Oxford University research has revealed why falcons dive at their prey using the same steering laws as man-made missiles.

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Citizen science Engineering Public Engagement Zoology

Researchers from Engineering Science, Zoology and Kew Gardens have developed a way of alerting people to the presence of mosquitoes with an app that detects their distinctive buzz.

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

MPLS Zoology

We have only known about the existence of the unusual yeti crabs (Kiwaidae) - a family of crab-like animals whose hairy claws and bodies are reminiscent of the abominable snowman - since 2005, but already their future survival could be at risk.

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

Research Zoology

A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined by 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina – a region incorporating Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Antarctic penguin hotspot discovery fuels need for marine reserve

Antarctic penguin hotspot discovery fuels need for marine reserve

Research Zoology

Scientists have discovered a thriving colony of more than 1.5 million penguins on the Danger Islands in the Weddell Sea, East Antarctic Peninsula, where the impacts of climate change have not yet been felt and there is little human activity.

Global use of mosquito nets for fishing is potential threat to both humans and nature

Global use of mosquito nets for fishing is potential threat to both humans and nature

Research Zoology

The first-ever global assessment, involving researchers from the Department of Zoology, reveals the full scale of the practice and calls for collaborative solutions.

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

MPLS Zoology

Much like animals and to a degree humans, bacteria enjoy a good fight. They stab, shove and poison each other in pursuit of the best territory. While this much is clear, little is known about the tactics and strategy that bacteria use during their miniature wargames.

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

MPLS Zoology

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts.

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Research Zoology

Scientists have found a direct link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs. Likely passed through ‘huddling’ behaviour and touch, the findings suggest implications for human health.

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

MPLS Zoology

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.

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