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Blue coastal carbon is set to be the new ‘boom’ for coastal communities

A little known secret about Australian seagrass, mangroves and salt marshes is the ability to capture and store more carbon than the plants on dry land. South Australia is set up to protect and expand these ecosystems, whilst making money in the process for coastal communities. Plants growing in these watery places capture and store more […]

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AWARD: Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis paper receives 2017 Bradshaw Medal

We are pleased to announce a team of leading researchers at the Environment Institute have been awarded the honour of the 2017 Bradshaw Medal. Their paper which was published in Restoration Ecology titled: Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: the Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis suggested the Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis which proposed restoring biodiverse […]

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EVENT: Sprigg Lecture Series with Prof. Bob Hill and Dr. Mika Peace

The next Sprigg lecture series will be have two engaging speakers who will present their two perspectives on Australia’s relationship with wild fire – the evolution of fire-adapted vegetation, and how complex weather patterns drive fire behaviour in the Australian landscape. Title: Australia’s tempestuous relationship with wild fire – past, present and future When: Tuesday, 12 November […]

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New species of Norfolk Island-related pine identified in South Eastern Australia

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have made a breakthrough discovering two new species of Araucaria (pine). These have been identified as species related to the Norfolk Island pine. Many years of intensive research led Professor Bob Hill and his team to collate and interpret previously undescribed foliar material of Araucaria section Eutacta, from Australian Cenozoic sediments. The […]

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EVENT: Botany in the Pub with National Science Week

From ancient flora to plants in space, we are living in an age of space exploration, yet it’s not just humans that are taking a leap. Plants will be critical to the survival of humans in space, as they have been on Earth for millions of years. Date: Friday 16 August Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm Location: Rob Roy Hotel, […]

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According to Lilly Pilly Fossils, the Snowy Mountains were Once Snowless!

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today. University of Adelaide research, published in the American Journal of Botany, describes fossils of the iconic Australian tree, the Lilly Pilly, […]

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Success at “A Night of Science” in Naracoorte, South East South Australia

Recently, ‘A Night of Science’ was held in Naracoorte, South Australia’s South East Region, during National Science Week. Presented by the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide Palaeontologists, the evening was well attended and an outstanding success. Attendees had the opportunity to meet leading SA scientists and hear about their progressive research, both nationally […]

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A Night of Science – Naracoorte

As a part of National Science Week, the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide Palaeontologists are hosting a special evening event in Naracoorte, South Australia’s South East Region where you have the opportunity to meet leading scientists and hear about their exciting research! Date: Friday, 17th August 2018 Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Where: Naracoorte Town Hall 95 Smith Street, Naracoorte […]

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A warmer future for South Australia

How will climate change impact South Australia’s flora?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified the implications of climate change for South Australia’s plant species and the state’s biodiversity. “Climate change presents a significant threat to biodiversity,” warns Dr Greg Guerin of The University of Adelaide.  “Climate change exacerbates existing problems around habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pathogens, eutrophication, and altered […]

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Restoring degraded lands

Restoring the Astronomical Scale of Degraded Lands Around the World

After extensive analysis of degraded lands around the earth, Adelaide University researchers are on the path to restore vast ecosystems. Governments and NGOs are currently committing to the restoration of degraded ecosystems on scales that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago. However, even with broad policy support and the substantial funding, questions remain about […]

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