Read the latest news from the University, from student success stories and alumni achievements to research breakthroughs across our 5 faculties.

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Read the latest news from the University, from student success stories and alumni achievements to research breakthroughs across our 5 faculties.

21 articles found

Scientists help reboot 50 years of plant advice to try and solve one of nature’s biggest challenges

30 September 2020 4 min read

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have come up with a formula to help plant breeders and farmers around the world grow crops in a more sustainable way.

Scientists help reboot 50 years of plant advice

The benefits of being social, from a spider’s perspective

20 May 2020 3 min read

A new study has found that spiders that live in groups benefit from each other’s company in unexpected ways.

social spider nest

Plants might be helping each other more than thought

13 November 2019 3 min read

Contrary to the long-held belief that plants in the natural world are always in competition, new research has found that in harsh environments mature plants help smaller ones – and thrive as a result.

Artist's impression of a mature plant shielding a smaller plant

The Race To Save Our Kelp Forests Portsmouth scientist fronts Sir David Attenborough-backed campaign to save kelp forests

01 October 2019 3 min read

A Portsmouth marine scientist is helping front a Sir David Attenborough-backed campaign to restore a vast underwater kelp forest off the West Sussex coast

Kelp forest, the Solent

Scientists to investigate the impact of drug addiction and pollution on behaviour in humans and wildlife

25 June 2019 2 min read

New technology aids understanding of addiction in humans & drug pollution on wildlife: Portsmouth scientists team up with Zantiks on monitoring. Read more today

Alex Ford

Scientists to explore future use of bacteria based active agents

17 December 2018 2 min read

Researchers have received funding to explore the potential of biosurfactants which could replace harmful petroleum based surfactants in everyday products.

A female student in the lab looking through a microscope

Portsmouth academics feature in the list of 2018's most discussed research

11 December 2018 3 min read

Two of the studies featured in the Altmetric Top 100 in December 2018 involve University of Portsmouth researchers.

Student in the lab putting back two beakers of clear liquid

Crustacean could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

03 December 2018 3 min read

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel.

Gribble crustacean in a tank of sand and water for study

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