Environment Research News

  • Scientists make biodegradable microbeads from cellulose - 08 June 2017

    Scientists and engineers from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution.

  • “Last African dinosaur” discovered in Moroccan mine - 04 May 2017

    One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil, led by the Milner Centre for Evolution, suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa.

  • Promiscuity slows down evolution of new species - 10 April 2017

    Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations, slowing down the evolution of new species, says new research by an international team led by the University’s Milner Centre for Evolution.

  • Gender and Fairtrade film nominated for top award - 21 March 2017

    A film produced by Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf has been nominated for a top national award.

  • Dawkins’ fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes - 10 March 2017

    Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive ‘greenbeard gene’ that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others.

  • Molecular clocks will turn back time on what wiped out the dinosaurs - 17 January 2017

    Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have been awarded almost £1 million by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • Research to make crops more resilient to changing weather - 12 January 2017

    Scientists from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry are part of a new five-year £4.4 million project to save brassica vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and kale.

  • Scientists make plastic from Christmas trees - 04 January 2017

    Scientists from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles.

  • Bigger brains outsmart harsh climates - 22 December 2016

    Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have shown that birds living in extreme climates have evolved larger brains.

  • Nesting instinct: How do birds share the childcare? - 23 November 2016

    Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution are part of the largest ever international study on the nesting behaviour of shorebirds. The study published in Nature found that sharing of parental duties varied hugely between species.