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Super rat invasion and language of plants - Reading in the News Mon 19 Feb

Release Date 19 February 2018

Rats that are resistant to poison have been found by University of Reading experts

Here is today’s media coverage round-up.


Poison-resistant rats: Rats discovered in southern England by University of Reading scientists (Biological Sciences), which are resistant to some rodenticides. are the focus of news articles in the Mirror, MSN, Reading Chronicle, Shropshire Star, Natural News in the US and Seehua in Malaysia.

Oscar Wilde exhibition: Get Reading previews an upcoming Oscar Wilde exhibition being organised by Peter Stoneley (English Literature), which focuses on a poem written by Wilde about his time at Reading Prison. Read our blog on Wilde’s ‘love poem’.

Food innovation competition: Reading’s winning team in the Ecotrophelia UK competition are mentioned in a Cost Sector Catering article on the competition returning for 2018. Read our news story about the low calorie sushi created by Reading students last year, which went on to scoop second prize in the international finals.

Language of plants: Dr Robbie Girling (Agri-Environment) was interviewed for a New Scientist feature on how pollution is affecting the scents given off by plants, which in turn impacts on insects and pollination.

Other coverage

  • The strike action proposed by UCU, beginning later this week, and the open letter written by Reading Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell to staff and students about it, is reported by BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 2 mins 35 secs).
  • Further warnings of cold weather in the UK are reporter by the Express, quoting Dr Peter Inness (Meteorology).
  • Professor Steve Musson (Geography) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 3 mins 18 secs) about the council tax hikes by local councils for 2018/19 and the pressure on funding for councils.
  • Redtri reports on research involving Reading (Psychology) that suggests parents can make their children fee less anxious by encouraging them to take risks.
  • An initiative that encourages people with eating disorders to discuss them while walking took place on Saturday. BBC Radio Berkshire (1 hr 2 mins 42 secs) reported on the scheme.
  • Get Reading reports on the University of Reading being one team represented at the launch of the Made in Reading and Wokingham campaign this month. The campaign seeks to showcase the success of businesses in the area.



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