Category: Conservation Science and Technology
Invertebrates as pets: The truth behind the trade
For some people, the idea of having tarantulas and scorpions living in their house is a nightmare; for others, keeping insects is a hobby and a passion. Guest post by Charlotte Lassaline from the Invasion Science and Wildlife Ecology Research Team at the University of Adelaide and Environment Institute. The collection of invertebrates is a pastime […]
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Want to make a change in our world that positively helps biodiversity conservation?
Change is hard, but not impossible. Guest blog post by Matthew Bowie, who is in the final months of his PhD which focuses on consumer behaviour change and sustainable coffee. Many of the threats facing biodiversity are the result of human actions. This is simply a fact of the world we live in. However, I see […]
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Could chocolate be the answer to saving southern Australia’s most endangered wattle?
A partnership between the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and University of Adelaide is testing an innovative rotary hoe method to help save Whibley wattle. Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act protects 75 Acacia species or subspecies with two of these species deemed national priorities. The whibleyana only grows in southern Australia and protecting the Whibley wattle […]
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South Australia’s second large-scale oyster reef restoration will be constructed off the Adelaide metropolitan coast
A new shellfish reef is to be built at Glenelg, signalling a rapid transition from environmental amnesia to conservation action. In a stark contrast to the historical baseline of South Australian oyster reefs, University of Adelaide researchers’, Professor Sean Connell and Dr Heidi Alleway had discovered 1,500 km of Southern Australia coastline reefs had been lost […]
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New forest discovered which is 60% the landmass of Australia
An international team of scientists including Environment Institute Members have discovered previously unreported forest, published in Science today. Associate Professor Ben Sparrow, Postdoc Research Fellow Dr Greg Guerin and Professor Andrew Lowe were involved in the discovery of drylands forest which covers 467 million hectares. To put this in perspective, this new forest discover is […]
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New Paper: Understanding Biological Invasions
Invasive species cost us billions of dollars each year and pose a grave threat to native fauna and flora. New research proposes a framework to develop a global network for invasion science to stop the threat from invasive species. Published in the journal Biological Invasion, the research addresses fundamental gaps in our understanding of invasive […]
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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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