School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


  • Academic discusses aphid explosion

    Writing for The Conversation, Dr Gordon Port explains why the skies are filled with greenfly and how to get rid of them.

    published on: 22 May 2018

  • Breakthrough in the search for insect-resistant plants

    Inhibiting the production of the ‘happiness’ hormone – serotonin – in rice plants, increases their resistance to two of the world’s most destructive and costly insect pests, new research has shown.

    published on: 16 May 2018

  • Former PhD student takes top prize for moth pollinators thesis

    A former School of Natural and Environmental Sciences PhD student has won a top award.

    published on: 15 May 2018

  • What gives bees their sweet tooth?

    Scientists have discovered bees linger on a flower, emptying it of nectar, because they have sugar-sensing taste neurons which work together to prolong the pleasure of the sweetness.

    published on: 11 May 2018

  • £3.9m scheme to connect research with industry

    The North East’s universities are joining forces under a £3.9m scheme to connect the region’s businesses with research to encourage growth and job creation.

    published on: 4 May 2018

  • The 'value' of biodiversity

    Why conservation policies which value species based on their ‘usefulness’ are putting birds like the humble crow at risk.

    published on: 4 May 2018

  • Pints, pubs and public lectures

    Newcastle University academics will share their research with pub punters as part of the Pint of Science festival.

    published on: 1 May 2018

  • Deepest fish in the ocean comes out on top

    A new species of fish discovered 8,000 metres down has been named one of the most remarkable new species of 2017 by the World Register of Marine Species.

    published on: 27 April 2018