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Professor Christine Raines becomes SEB President
31 July 2017

The SEB is delighted to welcome Professor Christine Raines (University of Essex, UK) as the new Honorary President of the Society of Experimental Biology after Professor Patrick Hussey’s (University of Durham, UK) two year term ended at the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting.

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A twist in the tail: Flying fish give clues to 'tandem wing' airplane design
21 July 2017

Ribbon halfbeak are a species of fish with the ability to fly above the sea surface - but unlike true 'flying fish', they lack the necessary hind wing fins. So how do they fly? Dr Yoshinobu Inada from Tokai University, Japan says, "Investigating the design of ribbon halfbeak could provide useful information for the optimal design of tandem wing airplanes."

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Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
21 July 2017

Over 7 million tonnes of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste - and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Dr James Morris and a team of CACHE researchers from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences are looking at environmentally and economically sustainable options for these biomaterials.

Genetics may lie at the heart of crop yield limitation.
Genetics may lie at the heart of crop yield limitation
21 July 2017

You might think that plants grow according to how much nutrition, water and sunlight they are exposed to, but new research by Dr Nick Pullen and a team from the John Innes Centre, UK shows that the plant's own genetics may be the real limiting factor.