News: School of Biological Sciences

United States influences Australia's illegal pet trade

illegal wildlife trade high risk species

When it comes to importing illegal reptiles, Australia’s trade closely follows US trends, according to new University of Adelaide research.

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Say hello to echidnas, poop and creepy crawlies

Echidna in the wild - Echidna CSI

Science communicators will join forces with a local echidna ecologist to share their expertise in echidnas and insects in a free, interactive workshop on Kangaroo Island, as part of National Science Week.

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Snails, slugs and stick insects - investigating the dynamics of Australia’s terrestrial invertebrate trade

Spiny Leaf Insect by Mario Madrona via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

For some people, the idea of having tarantulas and scorpions living in their house is a nightmare; for others, keeping insects is a hobby and a passion, writes Charlotte Lassaline.

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How do we detect the impact of rising sea levels?

Soil sulfur isotopes Emily Leyden

Scientists have come up with a simple new test to analyse sulfur isotopes which can be used to help investigate chemical changes in water.

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Engineering a virus: What is gain of function research?

Genetics lab

Interview with researcher A/Prof Michael Beard about gain-of-function research, a technique used in virology and genetics to alter the function of a virus.

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Time to wake up to the illegal trade of sleepy lizards

Smugglers attempt to disguise shingleback lizards as other freight to the detriment of the animals health and wellbeing.

Australian reptiles face serious conservation threats from illegal poaching fuelled by international demand and the exotic pet trade.

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Scientists unearth secrets about the evolution of soil-burrowing cockroaches

A giant burrowing cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros), a species commonly bought as a pet that can reach up to eight centimetres long and weigh 30 grams. Image by Yi-Kai Tea

Evolutionary biologists have assessed the phenomenon of parallelism in soil-burrowing cockroaches for the first time.

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Optical imaging and battery technology focus for Laureates

Professor Kishan Dholakia (left) and Professor Zaiping Guo

Two University of Adelaide scientists have been awarded prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships by the Australian Research Council.

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Improving vaccine allergy tests

Allergy test - Credit: MajaMitrovic/Getty Images

South Australian researchers have been studying ways to improve tests for allergies to vaccine ingredients.

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