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Fungus fight against mosquitos

'One of the most dangerous animals on Earth.' Credit: Uwe Anspach

Scientists say a ground breaking study, by a team of academics led by Swansea University, could have far-reaching implications for the control of mosquito larvae across the world.

They say the study, into the mechanisms by which the insect fungus Metarhizium anisopliae kills mosquito larvae, has been published by the PLOS One research journal.

Professor Tariq Butt:

'The results from the study show that by simply casting the fungus spores on water we should be able to help to defeat troublesome life threatening colonies of mosquitoes which have been gradually moving north into Europe as the climate warms up.'

'Trials are currently taking place in Africa and the findings would have important consequences for tackling malaria and other mosquito transmitted diseases.'


Rock star and rugby legend get their honours

Bonnie Tyler and Gareth Edwards accept their honorary degrees at Swansea University.

Swansea University has conferred an Honorary Degrees on Skewen-born singer and songwriter Bonnie Tyler and Welsh rugby legend, Gareth Edwards.

At the ceremony Bonnie said, “To be made an Honorary Fellow by my “home” University is a tremendous honour. I am so delighted to be here today to accept this award.”

Gareth who signed for Swansea Town at the age of 16 before committing to rugby said, "Swansea had a huge impact on my early life, as I was growing up in Gwaun Cae Gurwen not far from the city."

Bonnie Tyler gets honorary degree

Bonnie Tyler
The Skewen-born singer will receive her degree this afternoon Credit: Jörg Carstensen/DPA/Press Association Images

Bonnie Tyler will receive at DLitt Honorary Degree this afternoon from Swansea University at a ceremony in the Brangwyn Hall. The university is handing out about 3,000 degrees in graduation ceremonies this week.

Among them will be a handful of people chosen to receive honorary degrees to mark what they have achieved in public life.

Earlier this year Bonnie Tyler represented the UK at the annual Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Malmo in Sweden.

Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards will also be honoured Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Welsh rugby legend Gareth Edwards CBE will also receive an Honorary LLD degree. Between 1967 and 1978 Edwards won 53 caps for Wales, including 13 as captain.

He also played ten times for the British and Irish Lions, including playing for the legendary 1971 team and the unbeaten 1974 side in South Africa.

£20m to boost engineering at Swansea University

A £20m investment is set to give Swansea University one of the most up to date engineering departments in the world.

The money from the European Regional Development Fund was announced at the beginning of the construction phase for the new Science and Innovation Campus, which is expected to create thousands of jobs in the city.

Megan Boot reports.

Work begins on new Swansea University campus

An aerial view of the proposed new campus Credit: Swansea University

First Minister Carwyn Jones will visit the site of Swansea University's new Science and Innovation Campus later, marking the start of work on the construction stage of the multi-million pound development announced last year.

Project leaders say they're aiming to create a centre which will focus on research and development facilities, initially concentrating on expanding research into high-tech areas of industry.

The first students are due on site by September 2015.

The first phase of development is said to be worth £250m, with an estimated 4,000 direct and 6,000 indirect jobs created during the construction phase.


Swansea University researching coastal habitats

Research shows importance of coastal habitats. Credit: Swansea University

New research by Swansea University is helping to understand the importance of sensitive coastal habitats, in Wales and the UK, for supporting fisheries.

The research has been assessing the fish communities and their age ranges in different habitats around Wales.

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Studies were undertaken in West and North Wales. Credit: Swansea University

Studies were conducted around the coast of Pembrokeshire and the Llyn Penninsula and were co-funded by the Welsh Government Ecosystem Resilience and Diversity Fund and the ERDF funded SEACAMS project.

Warren Gatland 'thrilled' to receive honorary degree

Warren Gatland receives his degree from Professor Richard Davies, as Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan looks on Credit: Swansea University

International rugby coach Warren Gatland has been awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University in recognition of his contribution to Welsh sport.

He described it as a 'massive honour' and said he was 'absolutely thrilled', before praising the warm welcome he had received at the university campus.

The New Zealander has led the Wales rugby team to two Grand Slams in five years and to the brink of a World Cup final.

'Climate change will impact on forests', experts warn

The IMPACT project has been founded to help Welsh woodlands thrive Credit: ITV News

Experts are warning that forests in Wales will face even more problems from pests and diseases because of climate change.

Trees here have been hit by recent outbreaks affecting ash and larch and more problems are expected in the future.

A project team called IMPACT has been set up to come up with ways of tackling outbreaks without having to use pesticides. It has European funding and involvement from Swansea University.

It follows one of the worst years on record for destruction in Welsh forests, with thousands of trees having to be felled.

Warren Gatland to be awarded honorary degree

Warren Gatland will receive his honorary degree from Swansea University Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

International rugby coach, Warren Gatland, will be awarded an honorary degree from Swansea University.

The Grand Slam winning coach is will receive the honour as he is considered to be a figure of "outstanding merit".

He'll receive the honour alongside the former controller of BBC Wales, Menna Richards, and the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales.

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