Public engagement research: Happy healthy honey bees

Luke was the 2019 winner for the collaboration award at the University of St Andrews public engagement conference and award ceremony. Luke is a PhD candidate working in the Evans lab in the School of biology, and researches a parasite …

November 22, 2019 | Biology


Lake Victoria research: Win-win for human health, food security and economic development

Fisheries ecologists from the University of St Andrews are working with human-health and fishery partners around Lake Victoria on connected, multidisciplinary projects to sustainably manage fish stocks, and to examine the potential role for ‘biocontrol’ by fish of a debilitating …

April 2, 2019 | Biology


Resistance to root knot nematodes in rice

Asia is the main rice-growing region of the world and is responsible for about 90% of global rice production. Rice is the staple food for more than 50% of the population in Asia, a figure that can reach up to …

July 30, 2018 | Biology


Silencing of the crickets: rapid evolution in response to deadly flies

Scientists in the School of Biology, along with researchers from Edinburgh and the USA, have have published a new study on the rapid evolution of wild crickets from predominantly loud, chirping males to silent males in approximately one decade on …

June 17, 2014 | Animals


Bird-brain DIY: Birds learn from experience when building nests

It is typically assumed that it is a bird’s genes that cause it to choose the materials with which it builds its nest. To test this assumption, Dr Susan Healy and others from the School of Biology investigated whether learning …

April 17, 2014 | Animals


Animal-borne telemetry tags for conservation and weather forecasting

The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Instrumentation Group, of the School of Biology, has designed, built and supplied about 400 telemetry tags per year since 2008, resulting in economic benefit to companies in the UK and abroad of over £7M, …

March 10, 2014 | Biology