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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.

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Cracking the Kranz enigma
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

This paper presents a model to explain the development of Kranz anatomy in plants using the C4 pathway for fixation of atmospheric CO2, based on data from –omic based approaches. ​

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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.