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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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Media Release: Microbes measure ecological restoration success

The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide researchers have shown how the community of bacteria present in the soil of land that had been cleared and grazed for 100 years was returned […]

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Cryptic but important genetic differences within species

As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the evolutionary and ecological history of a species. This information is important for how we make use of […]

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Continental-scale research uncovers bounty of Australia rangelands

The secrets of understudied Australian rangelands, which make up 81% of the continent, have been exposed in a new publication. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) has published results of a large, continental-scale research program, detailing precise information about the vegetation and soil of Australian rangelands. Published in PLOS ONE by lead author Dr Greg […]

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1 minute with SA Science Excellence Awards nominees

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. Last year, Professor Alan Cooper, Professor Andrew Lowe and Dr Kieran Mitchell were nominated for the prestigious awards, with Prof Cooper honoured as South Australia’s Scientist of the Year. Their research is […]

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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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EI members head to Marrakech Climate Change Conference

Governments from around the world will descend in Marrakech this week for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to tackle the issue of climate change. The Marrakech Climate Change Conference brings together the world’s governing bodies to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change. The central focus of the conference is […]

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A PechaKucha Night of Science

A PechaKucha Night of Science is coming to the South Australian Museum! For the uninitiated, PechaKucha is a presentation style in which presenters showcase their ideas through 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. Its a fun and fast-paced approach to presentations. The PechaKucha Night of Science is in celebration of National Biodiversity Month and will feature […]

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Open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull – There is No Planet B

A group of scientists and industry leaders have called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action on climate change. In an open letter entitled There Is No Planet B, 154 Australian scientists urged the Government to address the root causes of climate change. “We are as humans conducting a massive science experiment with this […]

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Hopbush climate adaptation: evidence from the genome

This is a guest post by Matthew Christmas. Matthew is a PhD researcher under the supervision of Professor Andy Lowe. Hopbush- the Aussie battler Widely distributed plants, such as the Australian native ‘hopbush’ (Dodonaea viscosa, right), have to face a spectrum of environmental conditions across their range. In the short term they can deal with environmental […]

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