Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

A third of greenhouse gases released by humans are caused by agriculture Increasing water table in peat soils by 20cm reduces CO2 emissions and helps improve crop yield UK’s peatlands are being lost at a rapid rate Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields, and preserve peat soils according to a new study. The research, led by scientists from […]

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Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

3D scans were logged online by members of the public across the world Data shows new information about the evolution of bird beaks Citizen scientists and bird lovers across the world have helped researchers to uncover new secrets about the evolution of birds’ beaks over time in a ground-breaking study. 3D scan of beak – click or tap to see larger version (13MB) Researchers at […]

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Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Even a mild rise in temperature damages insect’s ability to reproduce Insect populations in high latitude countries are worst affected Identifying genes linked to increased and decreased reproduction may help understand how insects cope with climate change and controlling insect pests   With 2016 reportedly the warmest year on record, scientists have discovered insects are already feeling the effects of climate change, as a rise […]

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Science researchers compete for policy prize

New researchers working in science found out how to apply their expertise to the political process by taking part in a University competition. The University’s Science In Policy group organised a contest for interdisciplinary groups of postgraduate and early career researchers. They were tasked with producing a POSTnote: a four-page briefing document similar to ones produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The winning team was […]

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Prizes for exceptional staff contributions

Staff in the Faculty of Science have been handed prizes in recognition of their exceptional contributions. At today’s Faculty Forum, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ryan presented Dr David Finger with the 2014 award Prize for Best Researcher. David works in Chemistry with Professor Jane Grasby. He was awarded the prize for the wide range of departmental duties he has taken on – from mentoring and training students to helping maintain […]

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Literary support for Sheffield biologists

The Royal Literary Fund has boosted the support it offers to students and researchers in the Faculty of Science. Animal and Plant Sciences, Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology currently have Writers In Residence Frances Byrnes and Kerry Young three days a week to help staff and students improve their writing skills. This support will soon be increased to four days a week, with Kerry covering two […]

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Animal Academy inspires hundreds of schoolchildren

Hundreds of schoolchildren packed into the University of Sheffield’s Octagon auditorium to find out how humans and animals learn. Animal and Plant Sciences hosts an annual Christmastime Lecture. This year’s event, Animal Academy, was hosted by Dr Nicola Hemmings, who entertained and educated 1,000 pupils from Sheffield schools. She explained: “The lecture was about learning in animals and humans.  Highlights were a clever raven doing the […]

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Postgraduate researcher in the running for photography award

A postgraduate researcher has been shortlisted for a photography award that aims to showcase some of the best biological research. David Hopkins, who’s PhD is being supervised by Dr Duncan Cameron in Animal and Plant Sciences, entered his photo ‘Wired For Life’ in the BBSRC Images With Impact competition. Related: Bioscience impact images wanted for BBSRC birthday contest It is one of six images to be […]

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High-yielding crops: A double edge sword for tropical forests

High-yielding oil palm crops will lead to the loss of tropical forests rather than help to preserve nature, according to scientists from the University of Sheffield. Improving crop yields is often seen as a popular solution to the increasing demand for food productivity to meet the needs of a growing global population, because food demand can be met over the smallest land area possible, saving […]

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Researcher’s fertility project wins Society of Biology science communication prize

A researcher who created a new way to teach children as young as five about fertility has won a major award. Dr Nicola Hemmings, an animal behaviour researcher in Animal and Plant Sciences, has won the Established Researcher Prize in the Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards 2014. Thousands of local school children have been able to learn about fertility through hands-on activities involving fossils and solar panels, developed […]

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