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Issue 3 of e-Science out now!

Issue 3 of the Faculty of Sciences e-Science Magazine is out now! The new and exciting Issue 3 of e-Science features: The fight against a global health threat Discovery of the Higgs boson What DNA can tell us about the past How our love of chocolate can help developing communities New in this issue is […]

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Flightless parrots, burrowing bats helped parasitic Hades flower

Ancient dung from a cave in the South Island of New Zealand has revealed a previously unsuspected relationship between two of the country’s most unusual threatened species. Fossilised dung (coprolites) of a now rare parrot, the nocturnal flightless kakapo, contained large amounts of pollen of a rare parasitic plant, dactylanthus (commonly known as “wood rose” […]

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New Paper: Historical stocking data and 19th century DNA reveal human-induced changes to native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Jessica Metcalf (now University of Colorado), Alan Cooper and Jeremy Austin, as well as Sierra Stowell (University of Colorado), Chris Kennedy (Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office), Kevin Rogers (Colorado Parks and Wildlife), Daniel McDonald (University of Colorado), Janet Epp (Pisces Molecular, LLC), Kyle Keepers (University of Colorado) […]

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Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Award 2012 – Dr Jeremy Austin

The Environment Institute would like to congratulate Dr Jeremy Austin on being presented with the ‘Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Award‘ for 2012 as part of National Science Week. Dr Austin was presented with the award for his work with DNA and forensic indentification at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA in South Australia […]

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New Paper: Man and megafauna in Tasmania: closing the gap

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Alan Cooper and Nicolas Rawlence, from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, as well as Richard Gillespie (University of Wollongong/Australian National University), Aaron Camens (The University of Adelaide), Trevor Worthy (University of New South Wales), Craig Reid (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery), Fiona Bertuch and Vladimir Levchenko […]

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DNA fingerprinting of timber helps track illegal logging

The application of DNA to timber tracking is another milestone in the valuable use of DNA in tackling crime. Australian Geographic recently featured an article on this technology that is generating significant interest in the timber industry. The DNA testing technology is developed by researchers from the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity at […]

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Genographic Competition Winners!

The winners of our Genographic competition have been announced. Thanks to our partner IBM we gave 6 tweeters the opportunity to participate in the Genographic project. Tweeters were encouraged to follow @environmentinst on twitter and compose a tweet explaining who in history they would like to be related to and why. The winners received a […]

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160 year old museum specimens identify rare parrot

A team of Australian researchers involving DNA experts from the University of Adelaide has identified a new, critically endangered species of ground parrot in Western Australia. The team, led by Australian Wildlife Conservancy‘s Dr Stephen Murphy, used DNA from museum specimens up to 160 years old to reveal that populations of ground parrots in eastern […]

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Origins of first European farmers revealed

A team of international researchers led by ancient DNA experts from the Environment Institute, University of Adelaide has resolved the longstanding issue of the origins of the people who introduced farming to Europe some 8000 years ago. A detailed genetic study of one of the first farming communities in Europe, from central Germany, reveals marked […]

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The Genographic Project

Have you ever wondered where you come from? Ever been accused of resembling some of the less savoury types in the animal kingdom? Well you can now find out, the University of Adelaide and the Royal Institute of Australia are hosting a public campaign in Adelaide that allows residents to explore their ancient ancestry as […]

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