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‘Gene drives’ could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

Pest species are not news to continental Australia: animals either deliberately introduced or brought here accidentally by boat have wreaked havoc for decades. Gene driving is a technique that aims to humanely spread a “faulty” gene through a population and triggers population collapse. Environment Institute Researchers Thomas Prowse, Phillip Cassey, Talia Wittmann and Paul Thomas suggests this […]

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Media release: University of Adelaide celebrates Australia Day honours

Four members of the University of Adelaide community; a pioneering fertility surgeon, a wildlife biologist, a snakebite expert and a law reformer, have been awarded in this year’s Australia Day honours. Associate Professor Ossie Petrucco received an AM for significant service to medicine and education in the field of obstetrics, human reproduction and child health. […]

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Protecting bees from climate change and varroa mites

A recent ABC news story has reported on a project to map bee activity and gain a better understanding of the habitat and food sources needed for their continued survival. The South Australian government and the University of Adelaide have both contributed $300,000 each to the program. “We want to prevent bees dying in the future, […]

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Pablo Garcia Diaz wins Student Prize

The Environment Institute congratulates PhD student, Pablo Garcia Diaz for winning the Student Prize for his presentation at the Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (SEEM) 2015 conference in Queenstown, New Zealand recently. Pablo won over the judges with his 5-minute ‘speed talk’ presentation about his research into the preparedness of Australian border and post-border […]

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Podcast: Exotic invasion stops here

Biosecurity is a key concern for Australia, especially as the trade in exotic bird and lizard species maintains popularity. Associate Professor Phill Cassey leads a research group from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences that is working on ways to track these species and ensure they don’t get out of hand and create a threat […]

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Media Release: Volunteers help monitor River Torrens ducks

Six University of Adelaide volunteers braved the dark and cold in the early morning last Thursday 7 May to help University researchers investigate River Torrens ducks and other waterbirds for avian influenza. The six volunteers are among 50 members of the community who responded to the call for Duckwatch volunteers. They are helping wildlife veterinarian and PhD […]

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Media Release: Volunteer ‘duck watchers’ needed for bird flu research

Ducks and other waterbirds on the River Torrens will be under close scrutiny for the next 18 months as University of Adelaide researchers investigate what ‘bird flu’ or avian influenza viruses they may be carrying. ‘Duckwatch’ starts along the River Torrens this month. The researchers will be monitoring and banding ducks and other waterbirds fortnightly […]

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Tourism biosecurity risk

The amount of seized fruit, vegetables and meat at Adelaide Airport has increased in recent years, and Associate Professor in biosecurity at the University of Adelaide, Phill Cassey is concerned biosecurity breaches will have a negative effect on South Australia’s economy. “The critical point for SA is that trade and tourism is boosted by its […]

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Drones on a Different Mission

Lian Pin Koh was featured in The New York Times with his work using drones for conservation purposes. From the article: “Belize has made a great effort to protect its coral reef system — the largest in the Western Hemisphere — by establishing more than a dozen protected areas. But patrolling large stretches of ocean and coastline […]

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eScience. Species for sale: Globalisation and the management of exotic imports

The work of Associate Professor Phill Cassey has been featured in the May 2014 eScience magazine. In the feature Phill Cassey explores how science is improving our biosurveillance efforts. “Biological invasions are one of the many negative consequences of human-caused global change. The introduction and establishment of invasive species (animal pests, weeds, and diseases) around […]

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