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Bees hold the key to Unlocking Increased Crop Yields

What’s all the buzz about? Researchers from the University of Adelaide are mapping the activity of honeybees and native pollinators in areas of revegetation and native vegetation around different crops in South Australia. They will create a short-list of the most useful pollinating species and identify the plants used by the pollinators as sources of […]

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Behind the Artist: Andy McIntyre on ‘Traceable’

More often than not, science alone is not enough to bring about change. A message born from scientific research requires emotion and context to cut through to the masses. For our latest research into the illegal timber trade, we wanted to spread far and wide the issue of illegal logging. To do so, we teamed […]

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$ 5.2 Million on the table to protect and support pollination services

Major funding success for a project which will have and enormous impact on South Australia’s agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation. The South Australian team will attract approximately 50% of the funding and is led by bee pollination expert Dr Katja Hogendoorn and Professor Andy Lowe. The announcement states: More than $5.2 million will be invested in R&D […]

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We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems

Researchers advise against trying to reach a “Garden of Eden” when it comes to restoration efforts. Dr Martin Breed and Professor Andy Lowe have published a response to recent research in Nature. They have also written a summary of their stance at The Conversation.

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SCOPE TV explores citizen science smartphone app

On Saturday the 9th April, Professor Andy Lowe was a guest presenter on Channel 11’s youth science program, Scope.   The episode was about the Transects for Environmental Decision-making (TREND) Citizen Science App and the value of citizen science. The Terrestrial Ecosystems component of the TREND is one of the seven major subcontinental transects that make […]

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Podcast: DNA matching helps convict traders of illegal timber

Dr Eleanor Dormontt was recently part of a team to provide vital genetic information used in a successful prosecution of illegal timber traders in the US. Eleanor was recently interviewed by Robyn Williams for the ABC Radio National Science Show. As she explains, when the value of the products made from that single tree can be in excess […]

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ResearchByte: How do plants adapt to climate change?

Many plants, and trees in particular, have been standing where they are today for 100s and even 1000s of years. How have they been able to cope with the changing conditions over such a long time? Will this intrinsic ability to stay put and cope with changing conditions help them survive the rapid and human-induced climate change […]

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Media Release: Genetic profiling of trees helps convict timber thieves

University of Adelaide forest DNA forensics research has helped convict National Forest timber thieves in a landmark case in the United States. Four defendants prosecuted for stealing Bigleaf maple wood from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have pleaded guilty, in a case that marks the first time the US government has prosecuted for illegal interstate […]

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Media Release: Plant biodiversity and key threats mapped for South Australia

  Conservation biologists have published a landmark analysis of plant diversity across South Australia, identifying areas of exceptionally high diversity (biodiversity ‘hotspots’) and their key threats. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the University of Adelaide research, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, […]

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Core Values Awards

The Environment Institute congratulates Professor Andrew Lowe, Dr Anita Smyth, Dr Steve Morton and 15 others who as part of the Ecosystem Council and Ecosystem Science Long Term Plan Steering Committee were runners up and received a Highly Commended award at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia’s Core Values Awards. The award, announced […]

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