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Evolutionary biologist named Young Achiever Award finalist

Evolutionary biologist Jenna Crowe-Riddell

Jenna Crowe-Riddell and her passion for sea snakes has been rewarded. The evolutionary biologist has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards’ ‘University of Adelaide - STEM Award’ category.

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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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Grapes suffer internal oxygen shortage during ripening

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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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DNA mapping confirms there are three species of modern elephant

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

Stone axeheads

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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#EpicDuckChallenge shows we can count on drones

Lead author Jarrod Hodgson, University of Adelaide, standing in one of the replica colonies of seabirds constructed for the #EpicDuckChallenge.

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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Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

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

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

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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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New wine scholarships and prizes make 2018 a great vintage

Viticulture and oenology student

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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New home for grapevine virus testing

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

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