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The hidden costs of the global illegal wildlife trade

An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think. In a paper published in Biological Conservation, the team of researchers investigated the many ways in which the trade negatively impacts species, ecosystems, and society […]

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An apple a day is bringing the bees out to play

Scientists are exploring the use of mobile polliniser units to improve cross-pollination in netted apple orchards in a new trial being delivered through Hort Innovation in partnership with the University of Adelaide.  Over the past 14 months, scientists have been working with apple growers in the Adelaide Hills as part of the project, which aims […]

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Public health risk of the bat souvenir trade

Little is known about the global bat souvenir trade, its extent and impact on bat populations and forest ecosystems, and the potential risks posed to public health with bats known carriers of zoonotic diseases. In a preliminary study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, researchers at the University of Adelaide identified over a 15-day period (May […]

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Developing DNA for timber supply chain verification

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in partnership with InterpreData and DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies, Singapore, have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program to develop scientific origin verification tools for global timber supply chains. Illegal logging is a major contributor to the global deforestation crisis. While government legislation can […]

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Tall Poppy winners announced for 2021

Five University of Adelaide researchers have won 2021 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The Tall Poppy Awards, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, recognise the achievements of Australian scientists and their commitment to sharing their research and passion for science with the broader community. The Environment Institue is proud to have […]

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Echidna CSI finalist in the 2021 Eureka Prize

The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a finalist in the Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes. EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project where members of the public across Australia are encouraged to take photos of echidnas found in their local area through a dedicated phone app, and collect echidna scat (poo) for molecular analysis of […]

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Unregulated reptile trade in US has major influence on Australians’ desire for illegal reptiles

The transnational smuggling of live animals poses a threat to Australia’s biodiversity, conservation, environmental biosecurity, animal welfare, and human health and wellbeing. In a study published in Conversation Letters, researchers at the University of Adelaide compared the illegal smuggling of live reptiles – including lizards, snakes and turtles – into Australia, to the unregulated pet trade […]

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Detecting impact of sea level rise in new technique

University of Adelaide scientists have developed a new simple, inexpensive and fast method to analyse sulfur isotopes, which can be used to help investigate chemical changes in environments such as oceans, and freshwater rivers and lakes. Published in Talanta, the research opens up potential for new environmental applications of the method, such as tracing the effect […]

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Our experts refute River Murray estuary claims

A team of scientists, led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor John Tibby, has confirmed that the lower River Murray was not an estuary in the mid-Holocene period (more than 7000 years ago) – reinforcing scientific evidence likely to influence important river management policy decisions. Their new paper, published in the Nature journal Scientific […]

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A new DNA database will keep log on timber origins

Environment Institute member Professor Andy Lowe partners with Western Australian-based company Interpredata to build a DNA database for timber and help prevent illegal logging. The partnership has recently been awarded a $60,000 Australian Government traceability grant to build the database. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries […]

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