News: June 2018

We're working on a more accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA

Most people enjoy the warmer, longer days that summer months bring – but plant allergy sufferers will have mixed emotions. Roughly one in five Europeans suffers from allergic reactions to tree, grass and weed pollen causing pollinosis, hay fever and allergic asthma.

This article by Simon Creer, Professor in Molecular Ecology, School of Biological Sciences and Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 21 June 2018

MEFGL research confirms: invasive toad likely to harm Madagascar’s biodiversity

Invasive Asian toads have become estalbished in Madagascar over the last 8-10 years, promtping fears that native predators could be poisoned by their skin toxins. New research shows that these fears are justified: virtually all Madagascar’s endemic predators are highly sensitive to toad skin toxins.

Publication date: 6 June 2018