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2012

First ever estimate of arthropod diversity in a tropical forest

Friday 14 December 2012

Most multi-cellular species on Earth are arthropods living in tropical forests. Yet, given the difficulties involved in just counting them, we know very little about their exact numbers – even at the scale of a single forest.


Unlocking ancient rice secrets to overcome rainfall extremes

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Researchers from the UK, USA and India, led by scientists at the University of York, are embarking on a major four-year project which aims to develop new strains of rice to help to feed millions of people.


Brazil visit

Thursday 15 November 2012

Dr Betsy Pownall (Biology) and Dr Fabiola Martin (CII) were part of a delegation from the University of York that visited Brazil in September 2012.


Christmas in Antarctica

Wednesday 14 November 2012

A University of York researcher is looking forward to spending Christmas in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey.


Mathematics to reduce animal testing

Friday 9 November 2012

A York-based team, in collaboration with industrial partners, has secured three years of research funding from NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) to investigate how mathematics can be used to reduce our reliance on animal testing in evaluating the toxicological safety of new chemicals.


Brazilian trailblazers take up their places at York

Friday 9 November 2012

The University of York has welcomed its first students from Brazil under the Science without Borders scheme.


Painted Lady migration secrets unveiled

Monday 22 October 2012

One of the longest standing mysteries of migration has finally been solved after a team of scientists – including researchers from the University of York - discovered where the UK’s Painted Lady butterfly population goes each autumn.


Steps in the right direction for conservation

Thursday 18 October 2012

As the climate changes, conservationists are divided over the most effective way to preserve animal and plant diversity because they cannot simply preserve the status quo. Ensuring species can shift to track the climate to which they are suited is a complex problem, especially when there are competing demands on land use. A simple prediction is that more habitat would help species to shift, but it is not obvious what the best spatial locations for habitat would be.


New research moves York scientists closer to lung cancer blood test

Monday 15 October 2012

Early signs of lung cancer could be diagnosed using a simple blood test following a new discovery by scientists at the University of York.


DNA confirms genetically distinct lion population for Ethiopia

Thursday 11 October 2012

A team of international researchers has provided the first comprehensive DNA evidence that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique and is urging immediate conservation action to preserve this vulnerable lion population.


'Mining' for metals using Nature's machines

Friday 21 September 2012

Scientists at the University of York are to lead an international team that will explore the use of plants to recover precious metals from mine tailings around the world.


New Marie Curie Network in York

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Professor Neil Bruce (CNAP, Biology)and Dr Gideon Grogan (YSBL, Chemistry) have been awarded a Marie Curie Network Project P4FIFTY - FP7 PEOPLE- ITN 2011-289217, Development of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes for the Chemical Manufacturing Industries.


Killer whales are "mummy's boys"

Friday 14 September 2012

An international team of scientists has found the answer to why female killer whales have the longest menopause of any non-human species - to care for their adult sons.


Ant behaviour tracked by tiny radio receivers in pioneering scientific study‌

Monday 10 September 2012

Researchers from the University of York are fitting one thousand northern hairy wood ants with tiny radio receivers in a world first experiment to find out how they communicate and travel between their complex nests.


Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth

Friday 7 September 2012

A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms.


In the news - July and August 2012

Thursday 6 September 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on July and August


York cancer scientists discover link between prostate cancer and vitamin A

Thursday 6 September 2012

Cancer scientists at the University of York have shown a link between prostate cancer and vitamin A for the first time.


Stepping stones to the north: 'citizen science' reveals that protected areas allow wildlife to spread in response to climate change

Tuesday 14 August 2012

A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move north in response to climate change and other environmental changes.


York Science and Innovation Grand Tour

Wednesday 8 August 2012

The Department of Biology is taking part in the Grand Tour, a visual celebration of York’s phenomenal achievements in science and innovation. The exhibits include:


Research Away Day July 2012

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Photos from the recent Research Away Day held on the 11th July at Hazlewood Castle, near Tadcaster.


Graduation 2012

Thursday 12 July 2012

Ceremony 6: Thursday 12 July, 3.30pm, Central Hall.


Academic promotion 2012

Thursday 12 July 2012

Many congratulations to Calvin Dytham who has been promoted to a Personal Chair from 1st October 2012.


New academic staff for York Biology

Friday 6 July 2012

Following a period of intense recruitment, Biology looks forward to welcoming a number of new academic staff over the next few months.


University Supervisor of the Year Award

Friday 6 July 2012

Congratulations to Adrian Mountford who has won one of the five coveted 'Supervisor of the Year' awards for 2012.


Business Secretary opens unique national facility to expand the use of plants by industry

Friday 6 July 2012

The Business Secretary Vince Cable opened the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)1 at the University of York on 5 July, 2012.


Maths experts question key ecological theory

Thursday 21 June 2012

Mathematicians at the University of York in the UK and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand say they have disproved a widely accepted theory underpinning the operation of complex networks of interactions in the natural world.


York ecologist receives conservation award

Thursday 21 June 2012

Professor Jane Hill has been presented with The Marsh Award for Conservation Biology by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) at a ceremony in London.


In the news - June 2012

Thursday 21 June 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on May


Agents of haemorrhagic fevers often change host

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Biologists at the University of York have helped to discover that one of the world's most infectious classes of disease – viral haemorrhagic fevers – can spread much more easily than previously thought.



Genetic discovery unlocks biosynthesis of medicinal compound in poppy

Friday 1 June 2012

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have discovered a complex gene cluster responsible for the synthesis of the medicinal compound noscapine.


In the News - May 2012

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on May


Gourmet butterflies speed north

Thursday 24 May 2012

A new study led by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York has shown how a butterfly has changed its diet, and consequently has sped northwards in response to climate change.


Feed the world?

Tuesday 22 May 2012


Darwin Project wins best paper award

Tuesday 22 May 2012

A research paper studying the impacts of rain forest fragmentation on the genetic diversity of tropical ants was awarded ‘Best Paper’ under the category of ‘Journal of Science, Technology and Medicine 2011’ by the Malaysian Scholarly Publishing Council.


Nobel scientist delivers major public lecture at York

Thursday 17 May 2012

A world-leading scientist will talk about ribosomes – the large molecular machines that are crucial to life – at a major public lecture at the University of York on 25th May.


Royal Society honours York scientist

Monday 23 April 2012

A biologist at the University of York, who specialises in research into the impacts of human activities on wild animal species, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, one of the world's top scientific honours.


In the News - April 2012

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on April


Research offers new clues to prevent infection in cardiac devices

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, the 'superbug' behind MRSA, can be a major problem for patients who have a medical implant, such as a replacement heart valve or pacemaker.


In the News - March 2012

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on March 2012


The Viking journey of mice and men

Tuesday 20 March 2012

New research carried out at the University of York and published in BMC Evolutionary Biology has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonisation matches that of Viking invasion.


York scientists win research accolade

Friday 16 March 2012

A team of scientists has received a top award in recognition of research on bladder tissue engineering carried out at the Jack Birch Unit at the University of York.


Y Touring

Wednesday 14 March 2012

The YCR Cancer Research Unit hosts a play exploring the ethical and emotional implications of modern medicine


York researchers take their science to Parliament

Friday 9 March 2012

Two young scientists from the University of York are attending Parliament next week to present their science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of SET for Britain.


First DNA segregation apparatus described for the third domain of life

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Scientists at the University of York have shed light on the molecular machine that archaea rely on to segregate their genome at cell division.


York Ant at the Royal Society

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Dr Antony Dodd gave an invited seminar at the Royal Society describing exciting new data concerning the circadian regulation of photosynthesis at a conference for Royal Society University Research Fellows.


Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries

Monday 5 March 2012

A new study by an international team of researchers is calling for a rethink on the most appropriate way to reduce commercial fishing’s impacts on ecosystems and fisheries productivity.


Hide, cheat, gang up: the survival tactics of microbes

Friday 2 March 2012

CII researcher Dr Marjan van der Woude is the guest interviewee on February's Society for General Microbiology podcast


In the News - February 2012

Wednesday 22 February 2012

February news in the Department


New insights into prehistoric human diet and agriculture

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Forensic-style scientific techniques are revealing new insights into the lives of our ancestors thousands of years ago.


BBC one to one interview - Bridget Kendall with Prof Dianna Bowles

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Bridget Kendall talks to plant biochemist Dianna Bowles about her joy for work and sheep.


In the News - January 2012

Thursday 2 February 2012

January news in the Department


Scientists reveal how cholera bacterium gains a foothold in the gut

Friday 27 January 2012

A team of biologists at the University of York has made an important advance in our understanding of the way cholera attacks the body. The discovery could help scientists target treatments for the globally significant intestinal disease which kills more than 100,000 people every year.


York wins share of £6 million investment in bioscience

Wednesday 25 January 2012

A successful collaboration between the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York has attracted £6 million to create a joint Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in mechanistic biology.


Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2)

Monday 23 January 2012

CII scientists are collaborating with colleagues across a range of Departments in developing the new Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2)


CII research is highlighted in new feature on Wellcome Trust website

Monday 23 January 2012

The pioneering work into combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) undertaken by the research group of Professor Deborah Smith, CII Professor of Molecular Parasitology and current Head of the Department of Biology at York, has been cited in a new feature on the Wellcome Trust's website.


CNAP / Brazil Bioenergy collaboration

Wednesday 18 January 2012

The first BBSRC-Fapesp funded project has been awarded to CNAP Professors Neil Bruce and Simon McQueen Mason at the University of York. The award supports work to identify new enzymes that can be used in the breakdown of lignin and lignocellulose for the production of liquid biofuels.


Biologists a step nearer to solving the Parkinson's conundrum

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson's disease in younger adults.


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