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Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which currently persists for hundreds of years in the environment.


A computer model, called BEEHAVE, developed to help gain a better understanding of the causes of bee declines, is now being recommend to industry users to assess threats to bees. The model has been developed by Professor Juliet Osborne and colleagues at the University of Exeter.


A new method of producing grapefruit flavouring, from orange oil, has been developed by researchers at the University of Oxford, thanks to funding from EPSRC and BBSRC. The new process is more environmentally sustainable and produces flavouring that can be labelled 'natural' under EU regulations.