News: School of Biological Sciences

Ancient DNA research reveals evolutionary secrets of Game of Thrones dire wolves

Artwork credit: Mauricio Antón/Nature. Caption: Somewhere in Southwestern North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves (Canis dirus) are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves (Canis lupus) approach in the hopes of scavenging. One of the dire wolves rushes in to confront the grey wolves, and their confrontation allows a comparison of the bigger, larger-headed and reddish-brown dire wolf with its smaller, grey relative.

University of Adelaide scientists have sequenced the ancient DNA of dire wolf fossils for the first time and uncovered new secrets of the animal made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones.

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Genomics milestone: Scientists uncover genomes of platypus and echidna

Echidna CSI

University of Adelaide scientists have produced the first ever echidna genome and a greatly improved, high-quality platypus genome sequence.

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Ecologist Samantha Munroe named Superstar of STEM

Samantha Munroe researcher photo

School of Biological Sciences and TERN researcher joins latest cohort of brilliant women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Eureka! Shellfish reef project wins major award

Dr Dominic McAfee working on intertidal oysters

University of Adelaide marine ecologists are among a team of scientists awarded a Eureka Prize for their research towards rebuilding Australia’s lost shellfish reefs.

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$7m boost for sciences research

Researcher photo Linda Armbrecht

ARC Discovery projects showcase the dynamic breadth of sciences research at the University of Adelaide.

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River Murray fish species bounce back from Millennium Drought

A fish ladder on the Murray Barrages. Fish swim through this structure to move from the estuary. into the freshwater lakes and River Murray. Without fish ladders, fish are seldom able to move past the barrages. Brenton Zampatti, Author provided

Research shows some native migratory fish species are now thriving after an earlier threat of extinction.

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A pain in the grass: Native wildlife and cultural sites in arid Australia at risk

Buffel grass growing right under desert fig, a bushfood that’s sensitive to fire. Ellen Ryan-Colton, Author provided

Researchers have uncovered, for the first time, the extent of impact that buffel grass has on the environment in arid Australia.

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Scientists in the news this week: October 2020

Associate Professor and Head Winemaker Paul Grbin and Scholarly Teaching Fellow and Assistant Winemaker Jill Bauer.

‘What even is the economy?’ Citymag has published a three-part series on ‘how SA makes money and stuff’ featuring several University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates.

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Cat diseases - the impact on our health and economy

Cat inside - by Jaana Dielenberg

Scientists have examined the rates of cat diseases in Australia, their health effects, and the costs to our economy.

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