Understanding and exploiting the ruminant gut microbiome.

Last month, a talk was given by Aberystwyth's senior lecturer in Animal Science Dr Sharon Huws on the importance of vertebrate digestive systems and the multitude of microorganisms that reside within the ruminant gut in particular. Understanding the microbiome. She began by providing a brief background to the rumen microbiota, a complicated ecosystem housing archaea, [...]

Predators, Primates and Humans in a landscape of fear.

A field project undertaken by Russell Hill in Soutsponsberg known as the “Predator and Primate Project” which looked into the effects (both lethal and non-lethal) of near-by predators on social animals. There were 3 main areas of study for the project- Predator-prey interations (Behavioural ecology) Assess the role of mountainous regions in biodiversity concentration Evaluate [...]

Growing ones way out of poverty.

Immediately, before attempting to consider any solutions to poverty, one must attempt to understand what exactly poverty is. Simply, it is described as an income of below $1.90 per person per day. A project known as Drylands Development Programme (Dry Dev) worked on by Dave Harris from the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) aims to improve [...]