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Scientists discover how immune cells mobilise to fight infection

Posted on Tuesday 11 August 2020

Scientists have shed light on how immune cells navigate to the lymph nodes, where they help to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.

Life in the pits: scientists identify the key enzyme behind BO

Posted on Thursday 6 August 2020

Scientists have discovered a unique enzyme responsible for the pungent characteristic smell we call body odour or BO.

Agricultural conservation schemes not enough to protect Britain’s rarest butterflies

Posted on Tuesday 23 June 2020

Conservation management around the margins of agriculture fail to protect butterfly species at greatest risk from the intensification of farming, a new study says.

Researchers reveal the evolutionary origins of the plant that sends cats into a frenzy

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020

Scientists have discovered how catmint gained its ability to send felines into a state of frenzy.

Battle of the bacteria: Competition for iron can dictate the severity of plant disease outbreaks

Posted on Monday 11 May 2020

The competition for iron between different bacteria can impact on the severity of bacterial wilt disease in crops, a new study from the University of York shows.

Scientists recreate DNA damage caused by toxins from smoking in a bid to understand more about the causes of bladder cancer

Posted on Tuesday 5 May 2020

Researchers from the University of York have recreated how toxins from smoking cause unique patterns of DNA damage. The discovery could help scientists better understand the cause of bladder cancer and the link to smoking.

York Group's COVID-19 Epidemiology preprint

Posted on Friday 1 May 2020

Jon Pitchford and colleagues in the Maths Department have written a paper on the epidemiology of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

York researcher to investigate the power of algae to absorb CO2

Posted on Tuesday 28 April 2020

A University of York researcher has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to investigate how algae converts carbon dioxide into organic molecules during photosynthesis.

University of York partners with industry in PhD pilot

Posted on Friday 6 March 2020

Employees from regional and national industries could study for PhDs under a new £1m pilot scheme to be introduced at the University of York in the area of circular, sustainable manufacturing.

UK insects struggling to find a home make a bee-line for foreign plants

Posted on Monday 16 December 2019

Non-native plants are providing new homes for Britain’s insects - some of which are rare on native plants, a new study has found.

New study uses viruses as weapons to destroy aggressive plant bacterial disease

Posted on Wednesday 4 December 2019

Pathogen-specific viruses can be successfully used to fight a disease that decimates some of the world’s major food crops, a new study has found.

York laboratory awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2019

The University of York’s Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL) in the Department of Chemistry has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize.

Scientists find no evidence for ‘Insect Armageddon’ – but there’s still cause for concern

Posted on Monday 11 November 2019

Researchers who set out to test the widespread theory that the UK is experiencing an alarming plunge in insect numbers have found no evidence for ‘Insect Armageddon’.

Global warming is causing tropical moths to shrink in size

Posted on Thursday 10 October 2019

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of tropical insects shrinking in size in their bid to survive rising temperatures.

Scientists shed new light on mechanism by which bacteria exchange genes

Posted on Wednesday 9 October 2019

Scientists are now a step closer to understanding the mechanisms behind how a group of viruses facilitate the exchange of genes between bacteria.

New research reveals soil microbes play a key role in plant disease resistance

Posted on Wednesday 25 September 2019

Scientists have discovered that soil microbes can make plants more resistant to an aggressive disease - opening new possibilities for sustainable food production.

York research shortlisted for Newton Fund prize

Posted on Thursday 22 August 2019

Professor Frans Maathuis’s research to increase the tolerance of rice to salinity and drought, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Newton Prize.

University of York and Yorkshire Water team up to produce energy from waste

Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2019

University of York researchers will be working in partnership with Yorkshire Water to optimise next-generation anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.

Declining fire threatens Serengeti ecosystem

Posted on Tuesday 9 July 2019

A study of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem involving researchers from the University of York has revealed that increasing livestock numbers are threatening the ecology of the area by reducing fires.

The Serengeti-Mara squeeze – one of the world’s most iconic ecosystems under pressure

Posted on Thursday 27 June 2019

Increased human activity around one of Africa’s most iconic ecosystems is “squeezing the wildlife in its core”, damaging habitation and disrupting the migration routes of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, an international study has concluded.

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