News: March 2021

Ancient fish DNA provides a window back in time

Threespine sticklebacks: tiny fish with a big impact, helping biologists to understand the evolutionary process of adaptation.

Publication date: 31 March 2021

Combining public health and environmental science to develop pollen forecasting

New research, which brings healthcare data together with ground-breaking ecological techniques, could set a roadmap for refining pollen forecasts in the future. Current pollen forecasts, crucial for people with allergic asthma or hay fever to manage their symptoms, rely on measuring the total load of grass pollen in the atmosphere. However, these do not distinguish between pollen from different types of grass. Now, a potential link between pollen from certain grass species and respiratory health issues has been revealed.

Publication date: 11 March 2021