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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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Cryptic but important genetic differences within species

As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the evolutionary and ecological history of a species. This information is important for how we make use of […]

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eScience. Snotty Gobbling Weeds

We live in a time of rapid change. The biodiversity in Australia is declining and many plants and animals are in danger of being lost forever. One pernicious threat to Australian biodiversity are weeds, which hog space, light, water and nutrients, leaving none for neighbouring plants. Finding ways to cheaply and efficiently control weeds is […]

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Media release: Volcanic vents preview future ocean habitats

A world-first underwater study of fish in their natural environment by University of Adelaide marine ecologists has shown how predicted ocean acidification from climate change will devastate temperate marine habitats and biodiversity. Published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, the researchers used natural CO2 underwater seeps to study how entire ecosystems have been impacted […]

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Media release: Genomics research to benefit wine and biodiversity

Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing services. Researchers aim to use the latest genomics technologies […]

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Podcast: Human health is dependent on the health of our environment

Professor Philip Weinstein, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, was interviewed by Sarah Martin from Radio Adelaide’s Sound of Science program. The loss of biodiversity not only has implications for animals and plants in the wild, but can also have negative effects on human health. Changes to our environment that have caused […]

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Amphibian Biodiversity Halved by Logging of Several Trees

A new study published today in the journal Current Biology reports that selective logging or removal of just 6-8 trees from a 2.5 acre area halves the species of amphibians and removal of just 3-4 trees from the same area can half the species of mammals. In the published paper, Associate Professor Lian Pin Koh and Suzana Barivalova […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe leads new 2.5m DNA Barcoding Project

Did you know that over 400 new species were discovered in the Amazon between 2010-2013 alone? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Andrew Lowe of the Environment Institute says: “Of the estimated 10 million species that exist on our planet, only just over a million have so far been identified and described”. […]

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Barry Brook wins prestigious Scopus award.

Professor Barry Brook, one of our leaders at the Environment Institute has won the Life Sciences category of the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher Awards. The Scopus award recognizes researchers under the age of 40 for their output, impact and contribution to their field. Recently, Barry’s work has focused on climate change and biodiversity loss. Not […]

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The second industrial transformation of Australian landscapes.

Inarguably colonisation and industry have changed Australia’s environment since the first fleet set foot on NSW in the late 18th Century. This first industrial age was built on natural capital, driven by the need to populate and establish, with unprecedented changes to the natural environment. In some cases we have exceeded environmental and resource limits, […]

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