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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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‘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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Upcoming Event: Science at the Shine Dome

Every year, Science at the Shine Dome celebrates the rich achievements of Australia’s foremost physical and biological scientists. The 3-day festival is an opportunity for scientists and the public alike to learn new knowledge and will be capped off by the Life on the loose symposium. The Life on the loose: species and invasion control […]

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Media release: Snake black market poses risk to humans and wildlife

The illegal reptile trade in Australia, including venomous snakes, could put our wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found. University of Adelaide researchers, supported by the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre, have developed a model of the likelihood of establishment of alien species of snakes and other reptiles if […]

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Media Release: Stowaway frogs being stopped by border security

An analysis of stowaway frogs coming into Australia has shown that strict biosecurity measures at borders and within the country are reducing the risk of introduction of new diseases by up to 50%. The alien frogs could potentially bring in diseases that could devastate local wildlife. The University of Adelaide researchers, supported by the Invasive […]

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World Environment Day 2016: zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trade has been estimated between $10 billion and $20 billion a year, comparable to illegal trade of drugs or weapons. The Pangolin or scaly ant-eater, is thought to be the most traded mammal in the world, and are poached and traded for almost every part of their body. Their scales are believed to […]

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What’s scaly, super cute and illegally traded for traditional medicine?

Pangolins are increasingly threatened by demand for their scales, which are used in traditional medicines, and for their meat, which is consumed as a luxury. Associate Professor Phill Cassey along with staff from TRAFFIC have been researching ways to protect the Pangolin which has been published in paper with the title “Taking a stand against illegal wildlife […]

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From fabulous to the feral: Australian wildlife in the spotlight

Associate Professor Phill Cassey explains how the increasing discord between people and their environment is resulting in less pressure placed on politicians to advocate for preservation of our environment. He explains that no alien plant or animal has ever been completely eradicated from mainland Australia and won’t happen without unique new tools. Listen to the interview. […]

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Media Release: Alien plants and animals drive native species to extinction

Accidentally or deliberately introduced species are the second most common threat associated with recent global extinctions of animals and plants, a new study from the University of Adelaide and UCL, in the UK, has found. These ‘alien species’ have spread beyond their natural distributions by both deliberate and accidental human intervention since transnational shipping started […]

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International Day of Biological Diversity 2014

The United Nations have proclaimed May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity, (IDBD) to help increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme this year is “islands”. Island comprise unique, irreplaceable ecosystems, often with many species found nowhere else on earth. One-tenth of the world’s population live on an island, comprising some 600 […]

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