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We helped fill a major climate change knowledge gap, thanks to 130,000-year-old sediment in Sydney lakes

Plants capture around half the carbon we emit by burning fossil fuels, making them a crucial part of mitigating climate change. But carbon is often released back into the atmosphere when plants die, decompose and eventually turn into dirt. Carbon is only permanently removed from the atmosphere if it’s stored in sediments that accumulate at the bottom […]

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Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology Group accolades at the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions ‘Balanced Research Program’.

Congratulations to Dr Pablo Garcia Diaz, Adam Toomes and Katherine Hill who were acknowledged at last Friday’s Centre for Invasive Species Solutions ‘Balanced Research Program’ celebrations in the Australian Academy of Science’s Shine Dome in Canberra. Dr Pablo Garcia Diaz was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award for 2022. Adam Toomes and Katherine Hill, PhD […]

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3MT People’s Choice and Student’s Choice Winner!

Congratulations to Isobel Hume, who was both the People’s Choice and also Student’s Choice awards winner in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final! The 3MT competition involves explaining years of research, or their 100,000 word thesis, in three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide. The ability to effectively communicate research impact is a skill that all researchers must […]

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Upcoming Three Minute Thesis final

Good luck to School of Agriculture, Food and Wine PhD Candidate Isobel Hume, who is a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finalist and will present her research on ‘Urban Food Security’ at tomorrow’s 3MT Final! Isobel is a student of Environment Institute’s Soil Scientist Prof Tim Cavagnaro. The 3MT competition involves explaining years of research, or their 100,000 word thesis, in […]

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Tropical and desert grasses may migrate further south

The maximum summer temperature and the amount of rainfall in summer are the two climate factors that determine the type of native grass that grows in a region, Australian researchers have found in a recent study. A rise in global temperatures due to a change in climate may lead to tropical and desert grasses growing […]

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Once the fish factories and ‘kidneys’ of colder seas, Australia’s decimated shellfish reefs are coming back

Australia once had vast oyster and mussel reefs, which anchored marine ecosystems and provided a key food source for coastal First Nations people. But after colonisation, Europeans harvested them for their meat and shells and pushed oyster and mussel reefs almost to extinction. Because the damage was done early – and largely underwater – the destruction of […]

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Fishing for Data on Plastics

The problem of plastics in our oceans and their potential impact on people, plants, animals and entire ecosystems was front and centre at the recent United Nations Ocean Conference in Portugal. Through the UN Environment Assembly, more than 500 organisations and 21 additional governments, including Australia, have signed up to commitments to change how plastic […]

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Viticulturists one step closer to advanced computer vision

Vineyard owners can’t have their eyes everywhere, all the time. That’s why ground-based vision systems are becoming tricks of the trade. Vision systems like VitiCanopy that quickly and objectively assess canopy size have been around for a while. Now, researchers at the University of Adelaide are developing vision systems with greater image recognition capabilities than […]

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New canopy surveillance systems are set to ring in the age of precision viticulture

Artificial intelligence and computer vision have advanced in leaps and bounds in the past decade. Now, Australian wine growers are primed to add these technologies to their arsenal. Throughout the course of season, vineyard owners are faced with various decisions about how to manage their grapevine canopies, such as where and when to prune branches […]

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SURVEY: Exploring the Link between Nature Exposure and Wellbeing

We often hear about the benefits of spending time in nature. But what things prevent or help us spend time in nature? It is important to know the answer to these questions to provide better access to our natural environments, as well as understand the ways different people prefer to engage with the outdoors. Researchers […]

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