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Why are winter birds disappearing, and is orange juice the new superfood? - Reading in the news Weds 11 Jan – University of Reading

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Why are winter birds disappearing, and is orange juice the new superfood? - Reading in the news Weds 11 Jan

Release Date 11 January 2017

Orange juice is said to prevent the mind from ageing

Below is a round-up of the latest media coverage featuring the University of Reading.


Threat to winter birds: A study led by Dr Tom Oliver (Biological Sciences) showing some bird and butterfly species are disappearing thanks to a combination of climate change and habitat loss was covered widely, including in The Guardian, The Sun, The Mirror, Carbon Brief, ITV, Get Reading, International Business Times and BBC Radio Berkshire. The study was also mentioned in the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit daily round-up of science media.

Read our full story here.

Post-Brexit agriculture: Agra Europe reported on a new briefing paper authored by Professor Alan Swinbank (Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at Reading) which looks at the influence the EU has had on the agriculture sector in the UK and how policy could change after Brexit (see attachment).

Defending sugar: Dr Gunter Kuhnle (Food) argued against calls for people to cut their sugar intake on BBC Berkshire, emphasising the importance of a balanced diet.

Orange Juice treatment: Why4News reports Reading research showing drinking orange juice can improve brain power among the elderly, including improving memory and reaction times.

Underestimating methane: ran a story on Reading research showing the effects of methane on global warming may have been significantly underestimated. POST Online Media and also ran the piece.

Other coverage:

  • The University’s plans for a new £50m Health and Life Sciences building was covered by BBC Online, The Construction Index and made the BBC Berkshire bulletins. Read our full story
  • The discovery made by researchers at the University of Reading of a gel that could help anti-cancer drugs have more of an effect was featured in an article by
  • Get Reading ran a story on the cancellation of the public exhibition on the plans for St Patrick’s Hall

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