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Drones could protect coffee plants from devastating fungal disease

A team of UK scientists, including researchers at the University of York, is researching how to apply drone technology to prevent the spread of a fungal disease which devastates coffee crops.

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Major new project to address trade challenge

The Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York will undertake assessments of trade in agricultural commodities as part of a multi-million pound project led by the United Nations' World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

£10m Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity announced

The Leverhulme Trust Board has announced it will fund up to £10 million over the next 10 years to establish a new centre for research on biodiversity change at the University of York.

Don’t quibble with a gribble

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to a sustainable method of converting wood into biofuel.

A health warning

More people are vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change than ever before, according to researchers at the University of York.

Diseases on the fly

Fruit flies could provide new opportunities for tackling diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, our researchers have found.

Saving the Kenyan cloud forests

Forest ecologist Dr Aida Cuni-Sanchez from our Department of Environment, explains the importance of Africa's cloud forests – and the work underway at York to preserve them.​

Premature deaths linked to air pollution

Scientists have released new figures showing long-term exposure to ozone air pollution is linked to one million premature deaths per year.

York awarded major funding

Researchers from across the University have been awarded major grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to tackle the world's most pressing issues.

Tropical team work

Our researchers are working with residents on the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu to help their community access clean drinking water.

Breakthrough in fight against neglected tropical disease

Scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in the search for an effective vaccine for the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis following the successful completion of a first in-human trial.

Community workers are the key to improved health in Brazil

Our researchers are exploring how health services in Brazil maintain the wellbeing of their most vulnerable communities.

Plants prepare for battle against toxic soil

Field trials are underway for a type of grass that could provide a clean, green solution to a growing environmental problem.

Combating global antimicrobial resistance

We're looking at the social and economic factors behind global antimicrobial resistance and helping develop policies to combat the problem.

The changing landscapes of East Africa

We're researching the impacts of climate change and how people interact with the environment across East Africa.

Affordable healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

We've helped develop a healthcare package for Malawi, which has the potential to be used as a blueprint for other developing countries.

Researching the main UN challenges

Overweight children, adult drinking and death caused by violence continue to be significant hurdles in many nations’ development.