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Why do trees lose their leaves?

winter deciduousness - Nicholas A. Tonelli (CC BY 2.0)

Professor Andrew Lowe says it all comes down to water.

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Gene scans provide deep insights into plant evolution

Gnetum gnemon (Nature)

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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Deep breath: this sea snake gathers oxygen through its forehead

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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Tackling the causes of the Amazon forest fires

Wildfire

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

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Zinc helps body fight pneumonia

Zinc rich foods

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

Sciences 3 minute thesis finals 2019 winners

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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Why is the colour blue so rare in nature?

Blue Morpho butterfly

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

Mokota Conservation Park, a remnant grassland in the mid-north region of South Australia (approximately 160 km north of Adelaide). Photo by Greg Guerin.

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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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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New technique a breakthrough in human genome reconstruction

New technique a breakthrough in human genome reconstruction

Scientists have developed a new technique that will aid in a more accurate reconstruction of human genomes.

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