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'Cornish mining pollution changed evolution in fish'

Article on trout metal tolerance research covered in the Western Morning News. Full scientific article is available at the the journal Evolutionary Applications.

First record of a triploid Sorbus torminalis (Rosaceae) in Britain

Congratulations to Tracy Hamston for getting out her first paper in the Botanical Society's New Journal of Botany reporting the first record of a triploid Sorbus torminalis (Rosaceae) in Britain

Everything is not as it seems on the river Hayle...

Early morning rendezvous on the Hayle estuary, where everything is not as it seems... see ITV Westcountry News...

Symbiodinium thermophilum, a novel species of thermotolerant symbiotic alga in corals of the world's hottest sea

New research from researchers at Southampton, New York and Exeter universities suggests that the extreme thermotolerance exhibited by some corals of the Persian Gulf –the world's hottest sea– may be due to the presence of a novel species of endosymbiont, Symbiodinium thermophilum. The full article appears this week in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.


Corals may be better equipped to tolerate climate change than previously believed

Corals –at least in the Caribbean– may be better equipped to tolerate climate change than previously believed, according to recently published work from a team led by researchers at MEEG, Exeter.  Follow link to full story by Dr Emma Kennedy (previously-Exeter, now at Griffith University, Australia).

NERC Podcast: The genetics of metal tolerance in trout

Josie Paris and Jamie Stevens talk about their research on the genetics of metal tolerance in trout inhabiting the rivers of Cornwall and Devon:

This podcast is part of the NERC Planet Earth Online series and was recorded and edited by Richard Hollingam.  We thank the Westcountry Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency for supporting this research.

A tale of two hatcheries - latest research published

Congratulations to Sarah-Louise Counter Selly on the publication of her first research paper in the journal AquacultureA tale of two hatcheries: Assessing bias in the hatchery process for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). 

A scientific consensus on salmon stocking

A scientific consensus document emanating from the Salmon Stocking Conference: Boosting salmon numbers: is stocking the answer or the problem? IBIS and the Atlantic Salmon Trust, 27-28 November 2013, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow; is now available on the conference website


Exeter scientists seek toad fly samples

Specimens of toad fly needed!

The toad fly, Lucilia bufonivora, is as an obligate parasite of toads and frogs in Britain and Europe; it causes considerable suffering to infested host amphibians. Infestations typically begin in the nasal cavities and can spread rapidly throughout the head, leading to blindness and a lingering death. This fly is recognised as the only obligate parasitic blowfly species in Britain and to date, only a handful of specimens of this enigmatic fly species have been studied.

Development of a rapid diagnostic test for chytrid fungus affecting amphibians world-wide

Picture of mass of dead frogs due to chytridiomycosis

A team of Exeter scientists working closely with Paignton Zoo, hope to prevent the spread of the amphibian fungal disease Chytridiomycosis by developing a quick and easy tool to detect the presence of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in the field.


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