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Public engagement, impact statements and the media
Autumn 2014
27 October 2014

Researchers are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the relevance of their work to the general population – but what does this mean in practice? As this session, organised by Anne Osterrieder, at the SEB 2014 Annual Meeting in Manchester demonstrated, public engagement should be seen as an enriching, creative experience rather than an obligation.

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Suppression among alleles
Autumn 2014
03 October 2014

Stirnweis et al. describe resistance suppression in the context of hybridization or allele-pyramiding, while at the same time reporting findings on functional and mechanistic aspects.

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Putting a spring in your step
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

Aristotle was probably one of the first who recorded thoughts on how animals move and Leonardo Da Vinci famously envisioned a flying machine based on his study of a bat’s wing. Since the works of these pioneers our understanding of the mechanics of biological systems has come a long way. Thanks to this research we can now apply the mechanical principles used in animals and plants to engineering problems.

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Hope for a water-scarce future
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

A pioneering project in North West China is investigating ways to increase agricultural productivity while restricting water use in irrigation. Water scarcity is already a severe problem in many parts of the world, adding to the challenge of producing more food for increasing numbers of people. Practical integrated methods trialled in the north-west Chinese province of Gansu (one of the driest regions of the country) offer novel approaches which could be used elsewhere in the world.