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What makes “ghost mushrooms” glow in the dark?

Photographers and tourists alike have been on the search recently for Omphalotus nidiformis, a type of mushroom which produces a luminescence. The mushrooms can be found in South Australia in the wetter months of autumn and winter near Mt Gambier. Professor Philip Weinstein from the University of Adelaide and the Environment Institute, says the ghost mushrooms are […]

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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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Media release: Investigating native plants for South Australian pickles

The University of Adelaide will work with South Australian food manufacturer Spring Gully Foods to investigate potential sources of food colourings among Australian native plants. The project has been awarded an Innovations Connections Grant of $25,000, under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Innovation Connections encourages and assists small and medium businesses to access knowledge, engage […]

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Check out The Environment Institute on Instagram!

The Environment Institute is now showcasing the experiences of our students and staff in the form of their stunning photography on Instagram. Follow us at @environmentinstitute! Following on from the success of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Photo Competition, the Environment Institute will host the 2016 Environment Institute Photo Competition, which is open to Environment […]

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Does biodiversity suppress infectious disease emergence?

Ecosystems provide us with food, water and recreation opportunities. But they may also help to suppress the spread of infectious diseases. Professor Phil Weinstein, co-director of the Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre, makes the link between biodiversity and human health. Using Lyme disease and Ross River Virus as examples, Prof Weinstein makes the case that healthy 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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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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Can we cope with the ever-increasing threat of dengue fever?

Dengue fever is a climate-sensitive mosquito-borne disease that poses a threat to half the world’s population. But do we have the capacity to cope with future dengue fever challenges in the face of climate change? A new study by scientists in both Australia and China, including the Environment Institute’s Professor Phil Weinstein assessed this question by […]

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