Ecology News

Gone feral: Why Australia needs to kill cats

Feral cats kill millions of Australian animals a year. Mark Marathon/AAP

In light of a UN report highlighting the world’s extinction crisis, Australia urgently needs well-targeted cat culls.

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Underground beetle breathing brainteaser solved

Breathing beetles - P. macrosturtensis on the rock

Scientists have uncovered how aquatic beetles breathe in underground water.

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Urban biodiversity to lower chronic disease

Urban rewilding

Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health.

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Conservation of threatened flora species inspires street art

Tumby Bay street art

Scientists are helping save a threatened native plant and art is helping raise awareness about it.

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Eyre Peninsula malleefowl chick discovery excites ecologists

News Malleefowl

Cameras recently captured a malleefowl chick scratching about in the dirt in a wildlife refuge on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula.

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Students go underground with ‘Wombot’

Wombat photo

Blackwood High School students are working with University of Adelaide researchers to develop ‘Wombot’, a new vehicle for exploring wombat holes.

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World's first global vegetation database

Woodland vegatation image, Greg Guerin

The world's first global vegetation database contains more than 1.1 million complete lists of plant species for all terrestrial ecosystems.

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Crowdfunding campaign launched to help save Tassie devil

Tassie Devil

New research could help save the Tasmanian devil from the deadly disease that's wiping out their population

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Platypus venom inspires potential new diabetes treatments

Platypus image - Image courtesy of Matt Chan

The discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in platypus venom will now be investigated for its potential to treat type 2 diabetes.

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