News: Animal Science

Buying bats on eBay? Your health could be at risk

Bat specimen preserved in a wooden box, sold on Ebay

New research on the trade of exotic animals explores the public health risks and the impact on animal populations and forest ecosystems.

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Breakthrough AgTech to improve lamb meat quality

AgTech scanning intramuscular fat in lamb

In the sheep meat industry, the amount of intramuscular fat is a key indicator of eating quality, but can be particularly difficult to measure in lamb carcases, which are not individually graded.. until now.

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How did sugar-eating birds co-evolve with plants that produce nectar?

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) feeding on nectar of Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes). Photograph by Todd J. McWhorter.

Research led by the University of Adelaide has shown, for the first time, that the digestive systems of nectar-eating birds co-evolved with the nectar-composition in flowers.

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Even koalas need a virus PCR test

Koala photo by Tamsyn Stephenson

Animal scientists have refined a test to more accurately detect viruses in koalas.

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Snakes need to stretch, scientists say

University of Adelaide animal behaviour student Harry Kent with Lizzie the pet spotted python (Antaresia maculosa). Image by Kenty's Wildlife.

Minimum enclosure sizes for snakes in captivity should enable them to stretch out fully, say animal welfare experts.

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Lab report: COVID detector dogs start trials at Adelaide Airport

COVID dogs Adelaide Airport

Six dogs have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19.

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COVID testing: Use a Labrador instead of a laboratory

Detector Dog Quake

Dogs are being trained to detect COVID-19. And it turns out they’re pretty good at it.

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Going viral: What happens in a virology lab?

Biomedical sciences uni of adelaide

Virology labs help us learn all about viruses – but what goes on behind the pressurised doors?

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How are 'cute' social media videos encouraging the exotic pet trade?

Tiger cub by Jan Van welt from Pixabay

Researchers are concerned video sharing platforms could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade.

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