Saving the P…

By Jason Chin and Katrina Macintosh @Phosphorus_ie   Global non-renewable resources… platinum, gold, silver… coal, oil, gas and… phosphorus? How does the supply of phosphorus potentially impact our food security?   In living things, phosphorus (P) plays a wide range of roles including storing energy in ATP, giving membrane phospholipids their hydrophilic head, regulating the […]

What does a squidpop have to do with mussel reefs?

    By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 What is the first thing that comes to your mind after hearing the word “squidpop” ?  Here a few things that popped into my mind after hearing it from the first time: a squid flavoured lollipop, a squid flavoured fizzy drink, an inflatable squid that pops… the possibilities of […]

GM crops, Northern Ireland and Global Food Security

By Jonathan Dalzell      @jjdalzell   It seems very likely that my research group is currently the only to be developing transgenic, or ‘GM’ crops in Northern Ireland. A disappointing realisation, and perhaps one of the reasons underpinning our former environment minister’s decision to ban outright the growing of GM crops in Northern Ireland, […]

So long and thanks for all the fish!

By Natasha Phillips   It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air (mostly!) and thoughts turn to summer holidays relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea, snorkelling over colourful corals and silvery fishes. But what is the future for these seemingly idyllic ecosystems? Current research suggests that coral reef ecosystems globally […]

Friend or Foe – The Moral Dilemma of Invasive Species

By Dr Nadescha Zwerschke   When you are on holiday in some exotic place and you meet your next door neighbour you wonder how small the world actually is.  And indeed, increasing globalisation has caused the removal of many geographic boundaries.  Former isolated continents are now connected via an intensive exchange of people, goods and […]

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