Sustainable and environmentally-friendly pest control could save billions of tonnes of crops every year.

Dr Steve Sait and Dr Stephen Whitfield ask: how can we help farmers get fair access?

Leaves from a maize crop growing next to a dirt path
Leaves from a maize crop growing next to a dirt path
Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on Unsplash

Fall armyworm can devastate a field of maize. The pest — a moth — arrived in Africa from its native USA in 2016 and is now found throughout the continent.

Its caterpillars feed voraciously on the foliage of over 350 plant species. These include the food crops on which 175 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa depend, such as rice, sorghum, wheat, vegetable crops and especially maize.

Estimates vary but fall armyworm is thought to cause the loss of between 8–20 billion tonnes of…

It’s nearly one year on since our lives changed, and many of you will have been studying from home on and off in this time. We all read the articles last March and April about setting up a home office, and yet the reality is that for many, where we work isn’t a beautiful space overlooking a peaceful garden or lake, with a fluffy cat on the window ledge.

With the library only available for essential visits, coffee shops closed and other inside spaces not available at the moment, let’s evaluate how home studying is going, and make some changes…

Dr Pete Culmer, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, explains how international teamwork makes for better design.

Blurred figures in operating theatre, with surgical scissors hanging in foreground, front right.
Blurred figures in operating theatre, with surgical scissors hanging in foreground, front right.
Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

Fifteen million keyhole surgeries are performed each year around the world. Nearly one-third of these operations takes place in the USA alone, despite the country accounting for only around four per cent of the world’s population.

This statistic highlights a stark health inequality: the benefits of keyhole surgery — a smaller cut with less pain, less risk of infection and a quicker recovery — are enjoyed almost exclusively by people in advanced economies.

Laparoscopy — the official name for keyhole surgery — actually takes longer, costs more and is more technically demanding than open surgery. This can make it prohibitive…

Over the last year, we’ve all experienced a huge range of emotions. We’ve listened to lots of you, and understand that many of you are feeling overwhelmed at not being able to find the answers, or are feeling out of control.

Let’s look at some practical ways of finding out what to do, who to contact and where the information is to help you feel in control.

We’ve split the info into six sections — tap on a word to jump to the info

Leeds skyline on a cloudy day
Leeds skyline on a cloudy day
Leeds city skyline

Throughout the city and across Yorkshire you’ll find a variety of networks and support for LGBT+people. Whether you need support with your mental health, access to health services, or just someone to talk to, there are plenty of places ready to help.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of the amazing charities, groups and resources which provide support to the LGBT+ community in Leeds.

Yorkshire MESMAC is the largest LGBT+ sexual and mental health charity in Yorkshire. The charity provides valuable services including free HIV testing, counselling and community support groups.

Providing support for Transgender, Non-Binary…

2021; a new year! The year ahead is full of promise and hope, and yet we know we need to be patient. However, there’s a number of things we can all do right now to change our life, to develop ourselves as people and to make us be the best version of ourselves.

Look after your body

2020 has shown us the importance of health — and devoting time to being healthy is never wasted. At this time of year, there’s always a huge push for increased fitness and yet by February many of the best intentions are long forgotten. …

Whether you live in or around Leeds all the time, are staying in halls or private accommodation during the holidays, or have just arrived, there’s a fascinating city waiting — parks to discover, quirky and interesting spots to find.

There’s also a fair bit going on too, so if you’re looking to do something different — online, or out and about, this holiday is the perfect time to switch things up and tick things off your bucket list and get out and explore. What are you waiting for?

Get out and explore Leeds, whether it’s campus, parks, woodland or more

Get to know campus

Campus isn’t just about studying! It can be a place to explore…

Most people who need palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa can’t access it. Digital technologies could extend reach and increase impact if interventions take into account the whole healthcare system, argues a study from the University of Leeds.

Strings of vertical digital code
Strings of vertical digital code
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Around 80 per cent of cancer patients in sub-Saharan Africa do not receive a diagnosis until their disease is advanced and no longer curable. Earlier diagnosis is critical. But alongside this, there is a pressing need for palliative care and only around five per cent of those in need are able to access it.

Digital technologies offer a way to develop and extend the reach of palliative care services. But Dr Matthew Allsop, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine, explains the need for a thorough and holistic approach:

“Digital technologies offer important opportunities in healthcare across the world…

Researchers from the Global Food and Environment Institute examine the benefits of regenerative agriculture to celebrate World Soil Day.

A soil pathway through the middle of arable farmland seen from the level of the soil.
A soil pathway through the middle of arable farmland seen from the level of the soil.
Photo credit: Dylan de Jonge on Unsplash

Why is farming such a tough business? The world population is predicted to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The market for agricultural products should be booming but global food prices have been flat or declining for the last decade. Prices are suppressed with grain production at an all-time high, even with one-third of crop yield eventually lost as waste. In spite of these production levels, more and more previously unfarmed land continues to be brought into production with high environmental costs…

The end of term is almost here — how did that happen? Sometimes it can feel a real rush, so we’ve put together a checklist for you to help you prepare like a pro this holiday.

1. Book a free Covid-19 test on campus

If you’re planning to travel during the Government’s “student travel window” ( 3–9 December) then, we are providing asymptomatic lateral flow testing facilities on campus facilities on campus between 30 November and 9 December if you don’t have symptoms of Covid-19 (known as being asymptomatic).

We are encouraging all students without symptoms to book an appointment to take a test before travelling, to indicate…

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