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CONTENTS Volume 65 No 6 December 2018/January 2019

ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU Tel: 020 7685 2400;

EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Tom Ireland MRSB @Tom_J_Ireland Chair of the Editorial Board Professor Alison Woollard FRSB Editorial Board Dr Anthony Flemming MRSB, Syngenta Professor Adam Hart FRSB, University of Gloucestershire Dr Sarah Maddocks CBiol MRSB, Cardiff Metropolitan University Dr Rachael Nimmo MRSB, University College London Professor Shaun D Pattinson FRSB, Durham University Dr James Poulter MRSB, University of Leeds Dr Cristiana P Velloso MRSB, King’s College London Membership enquiries Tel: 01233 504804 Subscription enquiries Tel: 020 7685 2556; The Biologist is produced on behalf of the Royal Society of Biology by Think Publishing Ltd, Capital House, 25 Chapel Street, London NW1 5DH; 020 3771 7200 Printed by Wyndeham Southernprint Art director Matthew Ball Designer Felipe Perez Production editor Sian Campbell Sub editor Kirsty Fortune Associate director John Innes Non-member rates: £126.00 ISSN 0006-3347 Advertising in The Biologist represents an unparalleled opportunity to reach a large community of professional biologists. For advertising information contact; 020 7685 2556 Views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editorial Board or the Royal Society of Biology. © 2018 Royal Society of Biology (Registered charity no. 277981) The Society permits single copying of individual articles for private study or research, irrespective of where the copying is done. Multiple copying of individual articles for teaching purposes is also permitted without specific permission. For copying or reproduction for any other purpose, written permission must be sought from the Society. Exceptions to the above are those institutions and non-publishing organisations that have an agreement or licence with the UK Copyright Licensing Agency or the US Copyright Clearance Center. Access to the magazine is available online; please see the Society’s website for further details. This magazine is sent in biodegradable wrap that can be composted or placed with food waste.

Cover image: Octopus vulgaris

ON THE COVER Now you see it 10 Jennifer Mather examines how cephalopods change their appearance in the blink of an eye



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UP FRONT 04 Society News Biology Week; winners of photography, illustration and outreach awards

07 Opinion and policy A bioinvasion through the Suez Canal, climate change and more

FEATURES 16 High hopes A treetop experiment is helping predict the effect of increased CO2 on temperate forest ecosystems

20 Different strokes Could highly personalised nutrition advice improve public health?

24 Interview We talk to Dame Georgina Mace about the global biodiversity crisis

28 Reduce, reuse, recycle David Kuntin on how his lab drastically cut the amount of plastic waste it produces

REGULARS 32 Members Meet RSB members; plus membership training, events and opportunities

36 Book reviews 41 Biofeedback 42 Branches 47 Crossword

48 Museum piece The microbial zoo, Amsterdam



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