Impact

The expertise within Swansea University Biosciences has helped solving many industrial problems, generated IP, invented marketable products, informed policy for governments (including international) and has contributed to engage with the general public at the highest level.  This page highlights studies which illustrate the diverse impact of the department.

Great Migrations

Cutting-edge technological advances within SLAM, a group working on charismatic animals, lead to scientists driving the biggest TV series in National Geographic’s history. It enhanced the public understanding of 330 million people worldwide.

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Metarhizium

Biological control of arthropods which cause millions of pounds of damage every year can substitute chemical pesticides, thereby avoiding detrimal side effects on the ecosystem.


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Other impactive work

  1. SEACAMS is involved in developing and modifying new research techniques. Currently projects are testing Baited Underwater Video Stations in Welsh waters (BRUVS), intertidal plankton nets and methods to monitor migratory fish in estuaries.

  2. As part of the of the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research is investigating the potential effects of changing ocean chemistry (as a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide) on the early life stages of commercially important fish and crustaceans.

  3. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing industry in the world. Fish meal and fish oil from wild fisheries have traditionally been major constituents of fish feeds, but their supply is finite. Scientists in CSAR examine the efficiency and nutrient properties of algae as feed ingredients for commercial fish species reared in aquaculture. The results of this research will contribute to the development of aqua-feed formulations using sustainably sourced feed ingredients.

  4. Daily Diary data logger units have been designed and trialled on Hawksbill Turtles on Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). These units were designed to record information in multiple channels at very high rates to give a detailed picture of where the turtle is in its environment and how it behaves. The information recorded consists of acceleration, magnetic field strength, external pressure (depth) and temperature. Turtle research in BIOT commenced late 2012 and is due to continue in the coming years.