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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Environment Institute 10 Research Highlights 2016

1. Genetic profiling of trees helps convict timber thieves  Our researchers helped convict National Forest timber thieves in a landmark case in the United States. An international team including Dr Eleanor Dormontt and Professor Andy Lowe developed DNA markers for certain trees. This was used to create a DNA profiling reference database of trees which could be used in […]

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Environment Institute Top 10 Publications 2016

It has been another productive year of research for the Environment Institute in 2016. Showcased below are 10 of our most pivotal journal articles of the year*. 1. Cultural innovation and megafauna interaction in the early settlement of arid Australia. Nature This paper describes research proving that humans occupied Australia’s arid interior and began developing sophisticated tools […]

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Media release: Barramundi populations at risk from acid oceans

Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found. Published in the journal Oecologia, the study is the first to show that even freshwater fish which only spend a small portion of their lifecycle in the ocean are likely to be seriously affected under […]

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What Can Economics Offer Emergency Services

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has released its final Hazard Note of the year, asking the question “What Can Economics Offer Emergency Services?” Natural hazards are, of course, a costly affair, yet mitigation options are not free from cost either. Building a compelling case for the risk-reducing and financial benefits of mitigiation options are essential […]

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Vicki Thomson secures Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Fellowship

A big congratulations to Dr Vicki Thomson (School of Biological Sciences) who has been awarded one of only four Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Fellowships from the Australian Academy of Science. The fellowship, which is valued at $88,000, will enable Dr Thomson to undertake work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. She will study the disease […]

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Old microbial friends key to good health

The human microbiome is increasingly being recognised as an important part of our well-being. But research is showing that our interact with microbiomes in the environment can have a huge effect on the microbiomes in our bodies. The beneficial bacteria that populate our body play a huge role in our metabolism and physiology. If the population […]

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New project to build climate resilience

The Goyder Institute has launched a new project in collaboration with the University of Adelaide and CSIRO to improve our resilience against climate change. The Climate resilience analysis framework and tools project will be spearheaded by Associate Professor Seth Westra. The project aims to help decision makers, planners and designers in adopting and implementing alternative climate change adaptation […]

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Media Release: Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia Famous for their carefully camouflaged burrows – some with lids or ‘trapdoors’ from which they launch themselves to catch their prey – trapdoor spiders are remarkable animals. The females of some species are known to […]

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Professor Bob Hill calls for focus on ailing planet to reduce future illness

Environment Institute Director, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide Professor Bob Hill, calls for a shift in focus from curing people once they are ill to instead supporting the healthiest society that we can, to help prevent much of the illness that will be endemic on an increasingly ailing planet. […]

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Media Release: Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation’s most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. The findings, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, reveal that the same […]

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