Biology research shortlisted in BBSRC science photography competition

Posted by egg3 at Oct 21, 2014 01:06 PM |
Public invited to vote for their favourite in Images with Impact competition

The public vote is now open for the BBSRC Images with Impact competition. Anyone can vote for the winning pictures online at

The competition sought images that represented how life sciences are changing the world, in areas like: food, farming, bioenergy, biotech, industry and health.

University of Leicester neurobiologist Dr Tom Matheson, of the Department of Biology, is among those whose images has been shortlisted. As part of his BBSRC-funded research into the neuromechanical control of aimed limb movements, the team analysed the development and functions of touch-sensitive hairs on the wings of locusts. Stimulation of these tiny hairs signals the 'target' at which the locust aims a movement of its hind leg.

The detailed image of a locust’s wing (pictured) is among those that people can now vote for.

The shortlist has been selected by an esteemed panel of judges. Now the public get their say and can vote for the category winners and runners up.

The three category winners will go on to be shown at the Great British Bioscience Festival in London on 14-16 November where visitors will vote to decide the overall winner.

Voting will close on 31 October 2014.

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