Environment

Duckweed, the Future of Feed and Water Treatment

May 2, 2018 0

Duckweed and it’s uses as a fodder supplement, a biological cleaning agent and its effects on wastewater treatment systems. Kingdom Plantae Phylum Angiosperms Class Monocots Order Alismatales Family Araceae Subfamily Lemnoideae Genus Lemna Species Lemna […]

Digital Test Tube (DTT)
Research

Digital Test Tube (DTT)

March 29, 2018 0

Some of you might recognise the photo of PCR results above, the “dreaded gel” some might say. Me on the other hand, I saw this photo as an opportunity to make life for lab scientists […]

Environment

The ethics of NGOs: What happens when it fails?

March 20, 2018 0

Big NGOs like Greenpeace can have enormous impact on people’s perceptions of environmental issues, but what happens when they use that power to further their own agenda, rather than the public good? Businesses all over […]

ID Guide

Things to watch out for this month: The Snowdrop

March 5, 2018 0

One of Ireland’s most distinctive flowers, the snowdrop is often the first flower to appear in the year. Like many over-wintering bulbs the snowdrop requires a period of sharp cold in order to germinate correctly. […]

Scottish Dragons: Pete Minting presenting some of the fantastic work being done in Scotland on Great Crested Newts. (Photo Steven Allian)
Zoology

Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2018

February 15, 2018 0

Every year, just like their amphibian counterparts, the herpetologists of the UK prepare themselves for their annual migration in early-mid February. Around 200 students, academics, practitioners and other such people attend the Herpetofauna Workers Meeting. […]

The ash-back slug Limax cinereoniger is the largest slug on Earth and reaches a maximum body length of 20cm. The one pictured above is perhaps less than half of its potential size. Irish populations are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to extinction under IUCN assessment criteria [5], with declines attributed to forestry practices. (Photo: Aidan O’Hanlon©)
Conservation

Defending the small and slimy

February 7, 2018 0

The worrying decline of many of Earths charismatic vertebrates has been reasonably well documented and highlighted by the popular media. Ecologists are acutely aware of the plight of beautiful animals such as polar bears, dolphins, […]

Conservation

Born(eo) to be Wild

January 31, 2018 0

Borneo; the world’s third largest island harbouring species rich rainforest, estimated to be at least 130 million years old, home to around 100 endemic animal species alongside 6000 endemic plant species. Yet still new species […]

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