Scientists perform Nature hat trick

Scientists perform Nature hat trick

Three papers by researchers from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Science are published in this week’s edition of Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

Gary Barker, Alexandra Allen and Keith Edwards of the School of Biological Sciences are co-authors of research which has unlocked key components of the genetic code of one of the world’s most important crops: bread wheat. The findings are expected to increase wheat yields, help feed Earth’s growing population and speed up development of wheat varieties with enhanced nutritional value.

Dan Lunt and Paul Valdes of the School of Geographical Sciences are co-authors of a paper which describes a new approach for evaluating past climate sensitivity data. This work will improve comparison with estimates of long-term climate projections developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Nick Teanby of the School of Earth Sciences is lead author of a paper which describes how, for the first time ever, scientists have been able to observe the seasonal atmospheric circulation direction change on Saturn’s giant moon, Titan - an event which only happens once every 15 years and is never observable from Earth. The results could eventually lead to a more complete understanding of atmospheric processes on Earth, other Solar System planets, and the many exoplanetary systems now being discovered.