Fluorescent approach aims to combat honey fraud

A new technology based on fluorescence is being developed to detect if honey has been blended with cheaper additions such as sugar syrup. The brainchild...

Report profiles devastating decline of UK nature

The UK’s wildlife is continuing to decline according to a landmark study published on 28 September. Already classified as one of the world’s most...

Award for hull cleaning solution

A solution for the in-transit cleaning of hulls (ITCH) - removing biofouling from a ship's hull during a voyage - has picked up a...

Pioneering pollinators project launches in Devon

A new project in Devon will combine cutting-edge technology and community engagement, in a bid to boost the diversity of plant and animal life....

Automated seagrass planter promises to revolutionise restoration

A seemingly groundbreaking technology - an Automated Seagrass Planter (ASP) - holds forth the promise of being able to subtantially scale-up this kind of...

Study supports using waterfleas to remove pollutants from wastewater

Tiny waterfleas could play a pivotal role in removing persistent chemical pollutants from wastewater – making it safe to use in factories, farms and...

Farmers and local knowledge critical to stewardship of Earth’s life support systems, says UK-China...

Future plans to tackle the climate change’s impacts on food security must integrate local knowledge to help preserve the Earth’s critical zone, experts have...

UK government’s attempt to loosen nutrient neutrality rules blocked by the House of Lords

The government has lost its bid to scrap nutrient neutrality rules for housing developments, with Labour Lords voting to reject the proposed amendments (to...

Six river projects included in £14.5 million species recovery grant scheme

Natural England has announced (on 14 September) 63 projects across England -  "one of the most nature-depleted countries on earth" - that have been...

Replanting logged forests with diverse mixtures of seedlings accelerates restoration, says study

Satellite observations of one of the world’s biggest ecological experiments on the island of Borneo appear to reveal that replanting logged forests with diverse...

First-of-its-kind AI technology will record 3d flight of seabirds near wind farms in Aberdeen

A new collaborative project tracking seabirds with AI technology has started at Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen. Working with Spoor,...

Lack of evidence hampers progress on corporate-led ecosystem restoration

A ‘near total’ lack of transparency is making it impossible to assess the quality of corporate-led ecosystem restoration projects, according to a Lancaster University-led...

Citizen scientists reveal how the common wasp spreads across UK

The Big Wasp Survey, a citizen science project involving thousands of volunteers throughout the UK, has yielded important genetic insights into the common wasp,...

Blenheim palace work is one of largest ever inland dredge projects completed in the...

Civil engineering firm Land & Water has completed works as part of the largest restoration project that has ever taken place at World Heritage...

Even treated wastewater affects our rivers, and new study attempts to characterise species shift

New study seems to show that effluents from wastewater treatment plants change the balance of invertebrate communities in Hesse’s waters Effluents from wastewater treatment plants...
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EU project results in new guide to promote biodiversity in agriculture

A new handbook aims to increase biodiversity in agriculture, by promoting innovative approaches to contract arrangements for government-funded payments to farmers. The handbook is the...

A vertical farm fit for space exploration: UK Space Agency funds new project

UK-based vertical farming R&D company Vertical Future has announced their involvement in developing a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) facility to be used in future...

Is it time to start engineering plants?

A special issue of the journal PLOS Biology explores synthetic biology and other approaches to improving the climate resilience and carbon capture potential of...

Biodiversity Net Gain is moving closer, says Defra, as observers praise “game changer” policy

The UK government said nature-positive developments were moving a step closer on 27 July as it announced additional government support to enable the rollout...

Plastic is changing the behaviour of the world’s river sediment

A University of Leicester academic has led a study which appears to find that plastic pollution is changing the way riverbeds behave. Plastic particles in...