News: Ecology

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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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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$35.6 million boost for sciences' research infrastructure

Plant Accelerator, Waite campus

Research for a range of industrial sectors including scientific, advanced manufacturing, defence, resources, biomedical and agriculture has received a major boost.

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Disease-free locals 'koalafy' as population protectors

Koala, Cleland

Chlamydia-free koalas from Kangaroo Island may be needed to help save declining populations in other parts of Australia.

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A shore future for our coastal vegetation

Nicole Foster PhD coastal vegetation research

Researchers are using new ways to gain genetic information from ocean sediment to determine the past and future survival of our coastal vegetation.

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When pets become pests: the exotic pet trade producing invasive species

Exotic pets like these, on display at the 2018 Repticon in West Palm Beach, can escape and form invasive communities. Photo courtesy of Adam Toomes

Scientists are learning more about what drives the exotic pet trade to help reduce the threat of new invasive animal and bird species.

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Higher biodiversity means healthier humans

News biodiversity

Scientists find restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’.

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