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How is your revegetation project rewilding the microbiome?

After the success of ecological restoration projects around the world by University of Adelaide researchers, revegetation could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. In a paper published in the journal Molecular Ecology, researchers have shown how the community of bacteria present in the soil of land that had been cleared and […]

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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: 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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New paper: Constraints to and conservation implications for climate change adaption in plants

PhD candidate Mr Matthew Christmas, Dr Martin Breed and Professor Andrew Lowe from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute recently had a new research paper published in Conservation Genetics, entitled “Constraints to and conservation implications for climate change adaption in plants“. Climate change is having a widespread impact on plant and tree populations. This study focuses […]

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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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Media release: Ensuring healthy bees for farms and trees

The University of Adelaide and State Government today announced a $600,000 pilot program to help build South Australia’s bee populations to help protect native plants and production from orchards and crops that rely on bee pollination. The project aims to retain and restore native vegetation that bees need to thrive, and to future-proof bee-dependent primary […]

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