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The Fungus Olympics

Microscopic image of the common environmental mould Aspergillus fumigatus – harmless to most people but can be deadly if you have a weakened immune system. Dr David Ellis, University of Adelaide

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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Scientists discover how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease

Nervous Tissue: Spinal Cord Motor Neuron | Berkshire Community College Bioscience Image Library (CC0 1.0)

Scientists discover how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease.

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New director of world-leading plant research facility

Susie Robinson Australian Plant Phenomics 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 can rest standing up or lying down. Flickr/Cowboy Dave, CC BY-ND 2.0

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

SARDI - Waite campus

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

barley

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

Fishery growth research by Jasmin Martino

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

News Australia’s epic story. Shutterstock/Lev Savitskiy

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

Adelaide Gin - Michael Hickinbotham and Associate Professor Graham Jones

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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Who, where, when, why, wasp? New wasps named after biscuits & Doctor Who aliens

New wasp species Sathon oreo – inspired by the dark brown antennae with a thick white stripe in the middle

Researchers inspired by chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names for 10 new species of wasps.

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