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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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Discovering drivers of habitat hotspots with community science

One of the overwhelming messages from this federal election is that Australians care deeply about protecting our environment. We see this not only in our polling booths, but increasingly, also in the way communities partner with us on science that protects our planet. Environment Institute researchers are leading the way with ‘community science’, an innovative […]

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World Ocean Day 2022: Restoring our Lost Reef Ecosystems

Today we celebrate World Ocean Day! Environment Institute marine researchers are using the natural relationships between bivalves and macroalgae to enhance the restoration of South Australia’s lost reef ecosystems. Over 150 years ago, oyster reefs, kelp forests, and seagrass meadows lined the South Australian coastline. These ecosystems provided a rich and productive marine environment but […]

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Baby oysters follow the crackling sound of snapping shrimp

Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can “hear” and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea. We played the crackling sound of snapping shrimp, which indicates a healthy reef, to baby oysters using underwater speakers. We discovered the oysters swim towards the sound.  This opens the possibility of playing marine sounds to attract oysters […]

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Erinn Fagan-Jeffries amongst SA’s 40 movers and shakers under 40

The Advertiser’s 40 movers and shakers under 40 list celebrates South Australia’s rising stars shaping our state’s future. Congratulations to Environment Institute member, Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, an entomologist and a passionate science communicator, honoured on this year’s list. Erinn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Adelaide and Honorary Researcher at the South Australian Museum.  She specialises in […]

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Young Leader wins at Young Achiever Awards

We are delighted that School of Biological Sciences PhD graduate, Nicole Foster, was awarded the University of Adelaide STEM Award in this year’s South Australian 7 News Young Achiever Awards. Following her graduation from University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Sciences (Advanced), Nicole then went on to complete her PhD in Environmental Sciences in 2021. […]

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