Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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The secret life of the seabird

The loneliness of the long-distance seabird

An integrated method of tracking small seabirds pioneered by University of Oxford zoologists is providing valuable information about both the health of the oceans and how best to protect vulnerable species.

Turning orange into grapefruit

Turning orange into grapefruit

Research in the Department of Chemistry into the action of natural enzymes is finding a commercial application in the global flavours and fragrances market.

Tom Hart

To the Zooniverse and beyond

Harnessing the time and skills of millions of volunteers worldwide is proving to be an extremely powerful way of driving research in fields as diverse as history, zoology, physics and even the response to humanitarian disasters.

wheat field

Increasing crop yields for global food security

Pioneering research between the University of Oxford and Rothamsted Research has led to the development of a new compound that could transform crop yields of all kinds.

A plantation worker collects oil palm

Putting 'no deforestation' into practice in the palm oil industry

Knowledge exchange work at the University of Oxford has led to the successful uptake of science in the development of new industry standards for oil palm plantations. This is helping to protect rainforests, maintain biodiversity and make palm oil production more sustainable.


‘Penguin Watch: Paying the knowledge forward…’

Dr Tom Hart and colleagues are sharing new technology and approaches to help others gather vital conservation data remotely.

Solar panels and wind turbines

Project LEO and SSEN

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Playing Serious Games

Playing serious games

Cedric Tan and colleagues are using ‘serious games’ to explore conservation issues with public audiences, encouraging them to make choices that will help protect the environment.

plastic waste

Towards the circularity of plastics

Researchers at the Department of Chemistry are developing technologies to make recycling plastics easy, clean and affordable – promoting a truly ‘circular economy’ for the material.