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Conflict Between Sexes Could Replace Evolution of New Species

New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats, challenging long-held theories on the way natural selection drives the evolution of biodiversity. According to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, first introduced...

New research sheds light on why plants change sex

Plants with a particular breeding system change their sex depending on how much light they receive, new scientific research has revealed. The ability of plants to flower one year as male and the next as female, or vice versa, is well documented in ‘dioecious’ plants, however the causes of...

Reshaping our ideas of bacterial evolution

The shape of bacteria does not influence how well they can move – this is the surprising finding of new research which could have major implications for the future of the scientific and medical industries. Published in Nature’s new Ecology & Evolution journal, the results refute long-held theories that...

First year Biology students visit home of Charles Darwin

First year Biology students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences visit Down House the home of Charles Darwin. The theme for the field trip was ‘plant adaptation, conservation and evolution’ and spent two days away in Kew. Students visited the home of Charles Darwin, Kew Gardens,...

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...