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THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY

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Editor Tom Ireland MRSB, tom.ireland@rsb.org.uk

Editorial assistant Emma Wrake AMRSB, emma.wrake@rsb.org.uk

Chair of the Editorial Board

Professor Dan Davis FRSB, The University of Manchester

Editorial Board

Professor Matthew Cobb FRSB,

The University of Manchester Dr Anthony Flemming FRSB, Syngenta

Professor Adam Hart FRSB, University of Gloucestershire Dr Sarah Maddocks CBiol MRSB,

Cardiff Met University Dr Esther Odenkule MRSB, GSK Professor Shaun D Pattinson FRSB,

Durham University

Dr James Poulter MRSB, University of Leeds

Professor Diane Purchase FRSB,

Middlesex University Dr Natasha de Vere, National Botanical Garden of Wales

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Cover: Illustration by Sean Rodwell, inspired by images of plastic waste from the Paradox of Science exhibit at the Museum De Lakenhal by

DREAM3D lab / Princess Máxima Center.

VOLUME 69 NO 1 Spring 2022

ON THE COVER 10 War on waste How can we reduce the environmental impact of bioscience?

Contents

18 Superbugs in our water Could microalgae be used in water treatment plants to reduce antimicrobial resistance and its threat to human health?

22 Blowing in the wind The exciting possibilities of sampling the air for DNA

30 Artefacts online Millions of museum specimens are being digitised – but why?

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UP FRONT 04 Society news Queen’s Honours for Society members; Defra boost for RSB’s plant health ventures; AGM date

07 Opinion Why proposed changes to teacher education in the UK are a concern for biologists

08 Policy news Defra unveils post-Brexit gene-editing rules; Wellcome’s £16bn funding pledge

FEATURES 10 Carbon concerns Tackling waste and emissions at research institutions

14 Culture shock Do animals have local traditions and culture?

18 Flushing out antibiotics How microalgae could help detoxify our waterways

22 Blue skies research Dr Fabian Roger on detecting species from DNA in the air

26 Everybody’s welcome Equality, diversity and inclusion at the Francis Crick Institute

30 Going digital The museum digitising its natural history collections

REGULARS 34 Members 38 Book reviews 44 Branches 47 Crossword 48 New: Biochemical colouring Create your own E.coli flagella motor

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