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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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Harnessing Passion to Drive Sustainability: Insights from the Uraidla Sustainability Fair

As environmental scientists, we spend a lot of time studying global trends and problems – like climate change, habitat loss and species extinction. We build models, predict scenarios, write reports, and hang our heads in misery. Global environmental sustainability challenges are as immense as they are daunting. And while it is important to continue championing […]

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Taking stock: a survey of genetic resources in Australasia

Eucalyptus, Acacia, Melaleuca, Macadamia. Even if you’ve never set foot in Australia, you’ve probably heard of these plant genera. That’s because these plants are not only valuable for their inherent beauty and ecosystem services, but also as natural resources that are harvested and exported at a global scale. Australasia has a wealth of new and […]

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Carbon sinks in the desert catch the eye of Elon Musk’s XPrize competition

Picture a vast desert plain, parched by years of drought. Follow this barren landscape to where it meets the sea, and you’ll find a humid oasis of lush farmland that feeds local communities and sequesters several tonnes of CO2 per year. This is no fantasy – it is the work of our partners at Seawater […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe appointed interim director of Environment Institute

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew (Andy) Lowe into the position of interim Director of the Environment Institute. Professor Lowe will work alongside the Institute Manager, Theme Leaders and Environment Institute Management Committee to oversee a transition phase and maintain core activities of the Institute. He looks forward to understanding current research […]

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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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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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A better immune system from returning to the wild

A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits. In the study, published in the journal Restoration Ecology, researchers compared the composition of a variety of urban […]

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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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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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