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Media Release: Eradicating exotic pests with ‘infertility genes’ may be possible

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive. Invasive pests cost agricultural industries around the world hundreds of millions of dollars and are a major threat to biodiversity and the environment. […]

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Volunteers needed for black-eared miner surveys

Rebecca Boulton and the Black-eared Miner Recovery Team need a number of enthusiastic volunteers to help walk transects throughout the Riverland Biosphere to record miners and other threatened mallee birds. They are attempting to repeat extensive surveys that were completed back in 2000-02 and again in 2007 using distance sampling to take a snap-shot of […]

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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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Conservation Science Technology group to speak at Pint of Science festival

Professor Andy Lowe, Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh and Associate Professor Phillip Cassey will be speaking at the Pint of Science festival about practical solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Professor Andy Lowe will be talking on illegal logging and timber tracking techniques. Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh will be discussing drone technology for conservation management. Associate […]

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New Conservation Science and Technology website

Take some time to view the amazing research highlighted in the new Conservation Science and Technology (CST) website. The Conservation Science and Technology Program is directed by a team of experienced researchers from the Environment Institute and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Professor Andy Lowe, Associate Professor Phill Cassey and Associate […]

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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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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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