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Protection of unique forest is a big step for UK biodiversity

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has played a key role in an important milestone for the conservation of the UK’s native trees, explains Dr Stephen Cavers, an ecologist specialising in plant genetic diversity.

A Scots pine forest on a remote north facing hillside in northwestern Scotland has been recognised as the UK’s first ‘genetic conservation unit (GCU)’.

What are the effects of radiation on wildlife? Discussing results from Chernobyl

Professor Nick Beresford (@Radioecology) of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology led the TREE (Transfer-Exposure-Effects) project, an international collaboration to investigate how to reduce uncertainty in estimating the risk to humans and wildlife of exposure to radioactivity. A major part of the project was fieldwork undertaken in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone.

New research could support Indian farmers hit by devastating virus in sheep

Beth Purse, of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Mudassar Chanda, from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, report new insights into patterns of bluetongue disease in sheep in southern India. The research was conducted as part of a three-year Indo-UK collaborative project jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government.

International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day (8 March each year) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

To mark the occasion this year, we're showcasing international research carried out by some of our fantastic women scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). We also highlight how international researchers can work with us to tackle global societal and environmental challenges.

Notes from the field - PARAGUAS research under way

Dr France Gerard (CEH) reports from the first field campaign conducted by the PARAGUAS research team in the high-altitude páramos of Boyacá, Colombia. PARAGUAS is investigating how people and plants are influencing water storage in páramos areas, which are the source of water for many in Colombia...

Microplastics ban is ambitious but only tackles part of the problem

Alice Horton, an ecotoxicologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looks at the context and potential implications of a proposed EU-wide ban on primary microplastics...

Once released into the environment, microplastics are practically impossible to remove. They will remain there for hundreds, if not thousands of years. A wide range of animals, including invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds will ingest plastics, either directly or indirectly by eating other organisms that have consumed them.

Preparing the ground for PARAGUAS field work

Dr France Gerard (CEH) reports on her recent visit to Boyaca, Colombia with her colleague Dr Maria Paula Escobar-Tello (Bristol University). They were meeting Colombian collaborators and local communities in preparation for the upcoming field campaigns in the páramos of Boyacá, Colombia, a key element of the UK-Colombia funded PARAGUAS project.

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