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Plant discovery opens frontiers

Scientists discover biochemical mechanism fundamental to plant life that could have huge implications for biomedical, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries.

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Deadly diseases to be hit by single vaccine

Scientists from the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections.

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Pollen allergens: Are plants trying to kill us?

Pollen allergies have long been a major pandemic health problem for humans. Plant molecular geneticist Deborah Devis is learning that pollen proteins play a vital role in a plant's reproductive process.

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What you missed from 'Tasting Australia - the chemistry of wine'

There's exciting science you can find in your glass, writes viticulture and oenology graduate Lieke van der Hulst.

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The Fungus Olympics

The race is on to find new ways to tackle disease. That’s why we’re competing in this year’s Fungus Olympics.

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Gone feral: Why Australia needs to kill cats

In light of a UN report highlighting the world’s extinction crisis, Australia urgently needs well-targeted cat culls.

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New director of world-leading plant research facility

The University of Adelaide-led world-leading facility that underpins innovative plant research in Australia has appointed its first Executive Director to drive future success.

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Why don’t horses sit or lie down even while sleeping?

Horses have a amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both.

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New leadership for food sciences research

South Australia’s multi-billion-dollar food industries will benefit from new scientific leadership in the state.

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Wild barley reveals drought tolerant traits that could improve elite cultivars

Scientists discover wild barley genes that could be used to improve drought tolerance in barley, the second most important cereal crop in Australia.

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Uncovering long-term growth histories in fishery species

Jasmin Martino investigates the use of ear stone chronologies for understanding long-term trends and drivers of growth in fisheries.

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Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures & rising seas

The Australian continent has a remarkable history - a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world.

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Lifting spirits: How you can get involved in the South Australian gin spike

The craft spirit scene in South Australia is booming. Here's how you can get involved in the art of spirit production and winemaking.

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Underground beetle breathing brainteaser solved

Scientists have uncovered how aquatic beetles breathe in underground water.

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Quantum sensors to make Australia safer

Researchers to work with the Defence Science and Technology Group on four ambitious quantum technology projects.

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On top of the world: Sciences research ranks high in ERA results

Science research at the University of Adelaide has reached new heights according to the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results released this week.

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Urban biodiversity to lower chronic disease

Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health.

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Undersold: Climate change threats much greater than reports

A new study has revealed that the language used by the global climate change watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is overly conservative.

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Research to clear the air on smoke taint in wine

Researchers are investigating whether smoke from stubble burning has any effect on wine grapes.

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From the lab bench to the clinic: Pneumonia vaccine shows commercialisation strengths

Commercialisation potential of Faculty of Sciences’ research is in the spotlight after the development of a new pneumonia vaccine.

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World rankings: veterinary science breaks into top 50

Veterinary science, taught at Roseworthy campus, is a stand-out result in a suite of impressive results in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Conservation of threatened flora species inspires street art

Scientists are helping save a threatened native plant and art is helping raise awareness about it.

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PhD research a global game changer for chicken breeding

$35K Gary Sansom Scholarship was awarded to Joshua Angove for his research on the influence of the maternal environment on how meat chickens grow.

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Photonics & space internships await physics student

New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipient Rhona Hamilton has sights on her internships at the University of Tokyo and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

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African origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird revealed

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa.

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Shining a light on sea snake senses

University of Adelaide marine biologists have discovered that some sea snakes contain genes in their tail skin that help them stay safe from predators.

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