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Biodiverse soil dust linked to reduced anxiety

Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits, including for mental health.

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Gene scans provide deep insights into plant evolution

The availability of high-quality plant genome sequences and advances in functional genomics is revolutionising our ability to understand plant evolution.

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Food scientist is new head of Agriculture, Food and Wine

An internationally recognised food scientist and leader of research organisations in Australia and the United States has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

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New Ramsay Fellow in Applied Science

Fiona Whelan has been appointed as the newest Ramsay Fellow in Applied Science.

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Making high value products from agricultural waste

Sunscreen from mushroom waste, healthy skincare products from apples and berries, and high-tech materials from Brussels sprout stalks?

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New AgTech scholarship set to bear fruit

A new partnership between the State Government and the University of Adelaide to deliver an AgTech PhD scholarship is open for applications.

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Who's eating away Australia's national parks?

Australia’s national parks are under serious threat of overgrazing and native kangaroos are major contributors to the problem.

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Urban rewilding paper wins Bradshaw Medal

A research paper that recommends increasing urban green spaces to prevent human disease, has won a significant award in its field.

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Local geoscientist the first Australian student to win award

Geoscientist Natalie Debenham has been awarded the Journal of Structural Geology’s 'Student Author of the Year Award'.

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Participants wanted for Chardonnay tasting

Scientists are investigating our understanding of wine complexity - and they need your help.

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Marine biologists provide deep thoughts on kelp forests

Australian and New Zealand researchers have joined forces to document their view of kelp forests.

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Wine graduates making it big in Mexico

Mauricio and Ben met while studying viticulture and oenology at the University of Adelaide and their friendship grew over their shared love of all things food and wine.

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Local boost for AgTech, food and wine start-ups

Start-up companies in agricultural technology, food and wine are being given a guiding hand with a new business incubator launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

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Shedding new light in many directions

In a unique initiative, Defence Science and Technology and the University of Adelaide are conducting dual-use research that has found applications in defence, mining, medicine, soil forensics and archaeology.

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Podcast: Koalafications for becoming a zookeeper

Animal science graduate Michelle Birkett talks about her dream job as a zookeeper in Sarah Holloway’s latest ‘Seize the Yay’ podcast.

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Trapping atoms to protect Australia’s groundwater

A unique new facility at the University of Adelaide will help protect Australia’s precious groundwater from overuse and contamination.

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New PhD opportunities in environmental remote sensing

New environmental remote sensing PhD opportunities are available working with researchers from our School of Biological Sciences and the CSIRO.

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Deep breath: this sea snake gathers oxygen through its forehead

Only fish have gills, right? Wrong. Scientists have found a snake that can breathe through the top of its own head.

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Why are fossils more often male?

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that fossil and museum collections around the world are home to more male than female mammals.

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Restrained or unrestrained – Dogs travelling in cars set for a ‘ruff’ ride

Researchers call for compulsory testing of in-car dog restraints and better education about the dangers of having pets loose in your car.

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Tackling the causes of the Amazon forest fires

If we are so concerned for the rainforest why don’t we do more globally to help protect it?

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It’s common for dogs to be scared of going to the vet

A new study finds up to 40 per cent of owners report their pet dogs are scared while being examined by a vet.

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Zinc helps body fight pneumonia

Scientists show that zinc in your diet can protect you from the main bacterial cause of pneumonia.

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Spaghetti and mud pies scoop 3-Minute Thesis final

The depth and diversity of research student projects in the Faculty of Sciences was once again on display at this week's final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

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Vet nurses vs vet techs - What’s the difference?

Could veterinary technicians help alleviate pressure and make a vet's job easier?

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Research giants team up to boost primary industries sector

Collaborative research will expand to embrace expertise in areas such as engineering, mathematics, computer science, big data, and machine learning, for the application of new technologies.

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Why is the colour blue so rare in nature?

Blue is a very prominent colour on earth. But when it comes to nature, blue is very rare. Less than 1 in 10 plants have blue flowers and far fewer animals are blue.

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Not all weeds are bad - Some may actually be good for Australian grasslands

Recent case studies have revealed an overall positive relationships between the diversity of native species and presence of weedy species, notably in Mediterranean Biome grasslands.

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