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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Library of leaves could provide clues to water use planning

Australia is characterised as a land of droughts and flooding rains. Are the floods and droughts we’ve experienced so far in the short history of European settlement the worst we will face? Tree ring and coral records can provide part of the answer. However, they are limited in time (often much less than 500 years) and only […]

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Killer vine helps destroy invasive European weeds

A recent article in New Scientist has highlighted research by Robert Cirocco from the University of Adelaide using plants as weapons against invasive weeds. Many weeds that were introduced into Australia by the European settlers of the early 1800s are now causing native plants to struggle in their natural environments. Research into the use of the […]

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Fish as proxies of ecological and environmental change

Human activities have shifted aquatic ecosystems far from prehistoric baseline states. A lack of long-term datasets that describe organisms and their habitats prior to human disturbance hampers the understanding of human-caused impacts. Fish are excellent, and largely underused, proxies that can reveal the degree, direction and scale of shifts in aquatic ecosystems. Time-based data sourced from contemporary, archived and […]

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Sprigg Geobiology Seminar: Five reasons why we might underestimate past climate change

As part of the Sprigg Geobiology Seminar Series, Associate Professor Greg Jordan, from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania will join us to deliver a seminar entitled “Five reasons why we might underestimate past climate change“. Biography: I am mainly interested in the evolution of vegetation and plant species, and work at both global and […]

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Podcast- Bush Medicine Meets the Microscope

Join Sue Reece from Radio Adelaide on her show Barometer, as she chats to Associate Professor Bob Milne. Associate Prof Milne talks us through the launch of the Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre– a joint initiative between the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. One of the projects aims to tap into the unique […]

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What’s scaly, super cute and illegally traded for traditional medicine?

Pangolins are increasingly threatened by demand for their scales, which are used in traditional medicines, and for their meat, which is consumed as a luxury. Associate Professor Phill Cassey along with staff from TRAFFIC have been researching ways to protect the Pangolin which has been published in paper with the title “Taking a stand against illegal wildlife […]

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Podcast: Larger than the average bear

Pleistocene era bears could weigh up to one thousand kilograms, though their only contemporary relative in the Tremarctinae family is the shy, herbivorous Andean Spectacled Bear. Dr Kieren Mitchell of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA has been doing the research into the great and little bear, and had a simple reply when Ewart Shaw […]

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Sizing up extreme storms in a future climate

Not only do storms intensify with temperature, but they also become more concentrated over a smaller area. This is because as the storm cells intensify, they also become more effective at drawing in moisture toward the storm centre. This new research has been published in Geophysical Research Letters and was featured in Nature as a research […]

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Launch of new centres and high flying research

The Centre for Conservation Science and Technology (CCoST) and The Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre (ABCC) were officially launched on Thursday the 14th of April. The Centre for Conservation Science and Technology (CCoST) is a provider of innovative science and technology methods and analysis to deliver practical and affordable solutions to the most pressing conservation and […]

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You can help recover our lost ANZACS – with your DNA

This post is by Jeremy Austin and was originally published on the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) Blog, under the title “Recovery and identification of missing servicemen” As we approach the commemoration of ANZAC Day, we are reminded of the more than 25,000 Australian servicemen missing in action who have yet to be recovered and […]

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