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Congratulations to Professor Sir Charles Godfray

We are delighted to announce that Professor Charles Godfray, FRS, Hope Professor of Zoology, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, and Fellow of Jesus College, has been knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.

New project led by Oxford University’s Zoology Department to study the community ecology of the African mosquito vectors of malaria

The Open Philanthropy Project recently announced the award of a $17M grant to the Target Malaria consortium to assist it develop and prepare for the potential deployment of gene drive technologies in mosquitoes to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Deployment will only occur if it is feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities. The grant will support a number of critical research programmes complementary to existing Target Malaria activities.

Earning a living in a changing climate – the plant perspective

Researchers have found that plants are resorting to dramatic strategies in order to survive deteriorating environmental conditions. These strategies enable the species to survive less favourable environments, but not to thrive under them.

Oxford University collaboration wins ‘green Oscar’ for conservation

The Andean bear conservation project, which was developed and run by Chester Zoo in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has been awarded a prestigious Whitley Award.

The project, which operates in collaboration with the Bolivian NGO Prometa, was set up to support the protection of one of the world's most critically endangered species, the Andean bears of Bolivia. The programme takes an innovative approach to conservation, working with poachers instead of against them, and employing them as wardens to guard the wildlife.

Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predation

A new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world’s prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine ‘dummy caterpillars.

The new study published in Science has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behaviour in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods.

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