ecology

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Wildlife in built-up areas: undervalued in our urban ecosystems

Urban wildlife such as deer, foxes and badgers should be cherished for the ecological benefits they bring to towns and cities, rather than feared as potentially harmful pests, scientists argue in a new report. The review, published in the scientific journal Wildlife Research, states that in order for humans...

Exploring the deep-time roots of plant diversity

The origin of vascular plants, more than 400 million years ago, changed the surface of our planet forever. Beginning with small, simple, and grass-like ancestors, vascular plants (land plants that have lignified tissues for conducting water and minerals) evolved a huge variety of body plans. The conquest of land...

‘Vampire’ plants can have positive impact up the food chain

New research has revealed that parasitic ‘vampire’ plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant could benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life. By altering the densities of the hemiparasite (a parasitic plant that also photosynthesises) Rhinanthus minor, in the Castle Hill...

Paper highlighted as advancing field of research

An academic paper which provides a starting hypothesis in attempting to unravel the ecology of the most useful yeast in human history has been selected as the Editor’s Choice article in a research journal. The paper ‘Saccharomyces cerevisiae: a nomadic yeast with no niche?’ by Dr Matthew Goddard, from...

Evolutionary and ecological biologist joins team

An evolutionary biologist whose work examines the ecological conditions which produce the best wines has joined the University of Lincoln, UK. Dr Matthew Goddard, who has spent his academic career investigating the underlying biological rules and forces that apply to all organisms, has become part of the Evolution and...

Quality of research recognised by doubling of funding

The share of national research funding awarded to the University of Lincoln will almost double following a major review of research standards across the UK’s universities. More than half of the research submitted by Lincoln to the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was judged to be internationally excellent...