Bigger trees, faster.

Faculty researchers have identified two genes which are involved in the growth process of poplar trees.

Overexpression of the genes make the trees grow twice as fast as normal – being wider, taller and producing more leaves. These are important traits to the growing biofuel and biotechnology industries, and could help make trees more resilient to climate change.

Professor Simon Turner, leading the research, comments:

“...this discovery paves the way for generating trees that grow more quickly and so will contribute to meeting the needs for increased plant biomass as a renewable source of biofuels, chemicals and materials while minimising further CO2 release into the atmosphere.”

Find out more about the team's research.

A Belize frog, courtesy of Dr R Antwis.

Could bacteria help save amphibians?

Faculty members work with the Institute of Zoology to investigate a new treatment for Chytrid – a fungus that is devastating global frog populations.

Read more about the investigation.

Computational model of the Ebola virus

Higher death toll not due to evolving Ebola virus

An unexpected result for Faculty researchers analysing the latest Ebola outbreak, gives hope for controlling future epidemics.

Find out more about the research.

The impact of our research


The Faculty is at the forefront of research that matters. We compiled some case studies to showcase the impact of our research.



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Minute lecture

Hand drawing a minute lecture illustration

Find out about Alport Syndrome and how we are helping to treat it in our bite-sized Minute Lecture.

Tuesday Feature

Emma in her lab

Episode 7: Dr Emma Gowen

Meet Emma and find out about her research, heroes and her personal challenges in the latest Tuesday Feature.