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Traffic noise causes physiological stress and impairs breeding migration behaviour in frogs
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

Does being stuck in the constant din of traffic push your buttons sometimes? Well, you may not be the only vertebrate affected by the noisy morning commute. For species that use vocalizations to attract mates, human-generated noise can compromise the effectiveness of communication and have significant consequences on animal fitness.

Bee event-THUMB-RS
“Creating a buzz: how to influence bee health policy”
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

These catchy headlines certainly did a good job of attracting a full-house of over 100 delegates and speakers to Charles Darwin House, where our annual ‘Trisoc’ meeting was held in January this year. Organised jointly by SEB and our sister societies, Biochemical Society and the British Ecological Society, this year’s meeting, entitled “Impact of Pesticides on Bee Health”, featured presentations by speakers from academia, industry, research institutes and governmental policy departments.

Effects of tourists giving food to endangered Iguanas
Spring 2014
02 March 2014

The paper examined the physiological consequences of tourists giving food to endangered iguanas in The Bahamas. The authors revealed that the tourists’ propensity to feed grapes to iguanas resulted in nutritional deficiencies which could influence the health and survival of the long-lived Bahamian rock iguanas.

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Bioinformatics: Feel the fear and do it anyway
Spring 2014
28 February 2014

Have you ever run a BLAST search, performed a sequence alignment, trawled gene and protein sequence databases or used tools to predict the structure of your favourite protein? Chances are you have done at least one of these things and are therefore part of the bioinformatics revolution that is changing biological research with pace.