Category: School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
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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Latest COVID-19 detector dog research and trials underway at Adelaide Airport
Six dogs, including four Australian Border Force (ABF) detector dogs, one South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) dog and one dog from the University of Adelaide (gifted by the ABF), have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19. The COVID-19 detector dog feasibility trials are a […]
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Is YouTube promoting the exotic pet trade?
Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade. In a study, published in PLOS One , researchers analysed the reactions of people to videos on YouTube involving human interactions with exotic animals and found those reactions […]
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Trained dogs could possibly detect COVID-19 in near future
University of Adelaide researchers are working with international partners to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 infection. It is hoped the first COVID-19 detection dogs could be working within months and would complement existing methods by providing low cost, instantaneous, and reliable screening. Dogs could be deployed in airports and also be used to screen […]
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