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Latest science news

Platypus image - Image courtesy of Matt Chan

Platypus venom inspires potential new diabetes treatments

The discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in platypus venom will now be investigated for its potential to treat type 2 diabetes.

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Sarah Scholten and Dr Ben Sparkes

Scientists create laser that ‘smells’ like a hound

Scientists have created a laser which may eventually be used as a human breath test to screen for serious illness.

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The improved powdery mildew assessment application, PMapp, and a new application, Grape Assess, are now available on Android and Apple devices.

Support for grapegrowers in the palm of their hand

Grapegrowers have an advantage for the upcoming season in the form of a new smart phone application and a vital update to an existing app.

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Vets warn dog owners of poisonous mushrooms

Vets warn dog owners of poisonous mushrooms

Vets from the Faculty of Sciences have warned of the dangers of wild mushrooms after recent dog deaths in suburban Adelaide.

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Southern Brown Bandicoot, courtesy Bertram Lobert, Wiki Commons

Building bungalows for bandicoots

Scientists are providing new homes for Adelaide Hills bandicoot populations in an effort to protect this endangered species.

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Australian Plant Phenomics Facility Plant Accelerator

Plant research gets $2.6 million infrastructure boost

Funding from the Federal Government will be used to update infrastructure and equipment, and introduce new technologies at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

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Professor Keith Jones

Cell biologist to lead the Faculty of Sciences

Internationally esteemed cell biologist Professor Keith Jones has been appointed the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.

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Caitlin Byrt recipient of prestigious Peter Goldacre Award

Congratulations to Dr Caitlin Byrt who is the recipient of The Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) prestigious 2018 Peter Goldacre Award.

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Cracking the secret of omega-3 enriched eggs

Cracking the secret of omega-3 enriched eggs

Getting some extra omega-3 fatty acids in your diet will soon be easier with enriched eggs developed through a collaboration between our researchers and SA egg producer Solar Eggs.

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Explaining the history of Australia’s vegetation

Explaining the history of Australia’s vegetation

Our scientists have uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

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Making vodka from waste potato peelings and pulp

Discarded potato peelings and pulp created by potato product manufacturers could soon be turned into a Premium South Australian Vodka.

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Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

Science savvy thespians take their research to the stage

Snake tails and hungry wasps - researchers will share their discoveries through the medium of performing arts at National Science Week’s ‘Perform Your Science’ showcase.

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Image of University of Adelaide GRDC research scholarship recipients Brooke Schofield, Christopher Ward, David Brunton and Alicia Merriam

A new crop of GRDC research scholarship recipients

Four young researchers from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine have embarked on studies aimed at supporting grain growers.

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Weeds take over kelp in high carbon dioxide oceans

Weedy plants will thrive and displace long-lived, ecologically valuable kelp forests under forecast ocean acidification, new research from the University of Adelaide shows.

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New leads on treating dementia and Alzheimer's

A new study provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs targeting proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer’s have failed. 

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Koala in eucalyptus tree

Uncovering health threats to Mount Lofty koalas

A recent study from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences has uncovered the leading causes of koala death and disease in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

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Flowering moss image

Could moss be on the menu as the next gut-friendly superfood?

An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.

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HESS telescope image

Unveiling the secrets of our Milky Way galaxy

Over 70 sources of very high energy gamma rays, including 16 previously undiscovered ones, have been catalogued in a survey of the Milky Way.

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Human epilepsy drugs alter signalling process in stressed plants

Human epilepsy drugs alter signalling process in stressed plants

Researchers have discovered that drugs used in the treatment of certain brain disorders such as epilepsy, also alter the signalling process in plants under stress.

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New national research centre to fight food waste

Waite campus will be home to a new multimillion dollar national research centre to help fight the $20 billion cost of Australia’s food waste.

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Emu image

Emu DNA uncovers size secrets of our native bird

Genetics researchers from the Faculty of Sciences have discovered that the size of emus correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited.

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Evolutionary biologist Jenna Crowe-Riddell

Evolutionary biologist named Young Achiever Award finalist

Exploring the evolution of senses in sea snakes, evolutionary biologist Jenna Crowe-Riddell is a finalist in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.

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Graphene promotes more efficient fertilisers

Graphene promotes more efficient fertilisers

In a world-first, the use of the new advanced material 'graphene' as a fertiliser carrier means Faculty of Sciences’ researchers are creating fertilisers with lower environmental impacts and reduced costs for farmers.

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Shiraz probe image

Grapes suffer internal oxygen shortage during ripening

Scientists have used a miniature oxygen measuring probe (pictured) for the first time in grapes, to discover how they ‘breathe’ and learn that shortage of oxygen leads to cell death in the grape.

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Elephant image

DNA mapping confirms there are three species of modern elephant

A team of international scientists involving the University of Adelaide have published the first map of the elephant family’s genomic history.

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Stone axeheads

Giant handaxes suggest that different groups of early humans coexisted in ancient Europe

Even our earliest human ancestors made and used technology - something we can look back on thanks to the lasting nature of stone tools.

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Drone photo of #EpicDuckChallenge

#EpicDuckChallenge shows we can count on drones

A few thousand rubber ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.

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Image caption: Moa skull. Image courtesy Patrick Bürgler/Flickr.

Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts.

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Online relinquishment of pets now the norm

Online advertising of unwanted pets now makes up a large proportion of pet relinquishments across Australia, a recent University of Adelaide study has confirmed. 

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Viticulture and oenology student

New wine scholarships and prizes make 2018 a great vintage

Scholarships and prizes worth a total of $180,000 over the next three years are now available for students of grape growing and winemaking.

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Grapevine

New home for grapevine virus testing

Plant virus testing and elimination services formerly provided by Waite Diagnostics have been transferred to The Australian Wine Research Institute.

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Scrub on the Nullarbor Plains

What’s Australia made of? Geologically, it depends on the state you’re in

We think of Australia as a solid landmass. But it’s actually more like a jigsaw puzzle that has been put together over many millions of years.

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