News: Ecology

Biodiverse soil dust linked to reduced anxiety

Naturally-diverse airborne environmental microbial exposures modulate the gut microbiome and may provide anxiolytic benefits in mice

Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits, including for mental health.

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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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Who's eating away Australia's national parks?

Kangaroos grazing

Australia’s national parks are under serious threat of overgrazing and native kangaroos are major contributors to the problem.

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Urban rewilding paper wins Bradshaw Medal

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A research paper that recommends increasing urban green spaces to prevent human disease, has won a significant award in its field.

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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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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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