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A new dawn in plant breeding: Australian Plant Breeding Academy

Professor Jason Able mentoring current undergraduate students (L-R) Darien Olson (B. Information Technology), Darcy Lapidge (B. Viticulture & Oenology), and Thomas Follett (B. Agricultural Sciences) in the art of faba bean crossing and plant breeding selection decisions.

The University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is partnering with Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd (AGT) on a new academy to take Australia’s plant breeding into the future.

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Celebrating success in the SA Science Awards

Tahlia Perry SA Science Awards

Congratulations to Dr Richard Lilly and Dr Tahlia Perry who are finalists in the 2021 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation awards!

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Alien organisms – hitchhikers of the galaxy?

People wearing protective suits as part of biosecurity. iStock image by D Keine.

Scientists warn, without good biosecurity measures ‘alien organisms’ on Earth may become a reality stranger than fiction.

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Fishing for solutions to the plastic problem

Lead researcher of the study, Nina Wootton, with some jars of microplastics found in fish

More than 35 percent of fish caught in the waters off southern Australia contain microplastics, and the problem is worse in SA - but many people in the fishing industry aren’t aware that we even have an ocean plastic problem.

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Ironing out the cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Zebrafish

University of Adelaide researchers have found important evidence supporting their theory that a deficiency of active iron in the brain is an important factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

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How humans catalysed the extinction of the woolly mammoth

Woolly mammoths persisted in Siberia until the mid-Holocene. Credit Mauricio Anton - https://mauricioanton.wordpress.com/

New research shows that humans had a significant role in the extinction of woolly mammoths in Eurasia, occurring thousands of years later than previously thought. 

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New Ramsay Fellows to lead physical sciences' research

Dr Jack Evans

The University of Adelaide’s newest Ramsay Scholars will conduct trailblazing research spanning computational materials science to novel statistical and machine learning for astrophysical phenomena. 

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Smuggling bear parts in Australia and NZ

Asiatic black bear in a cage. The sad reality of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo by yongkiet - iStock

Australia doesn’t have any native bears, yet our involvement in the illegal trade of bear parts and products is sadly a different story. 

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What do astronauts eat?

Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space - by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (CC BY-NC 2.0)

But what are the challenges of growing plants in space? And how could we develop crops to support long-term space habitation?

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Does Australia have too many kangaroos?

High densities of Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). Note the short grassy sward and the bones in the foreground that are evidence of kangaroos that have perished. Photo courtesy Melissa Snape.

Wildlife scientists have come together to call for urgent reforms to the management of Australia’s kangaroo populations.

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