Research & development > Environmental science

Could subterranean microbes be found on Mars?

05 March, 2019

A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, has recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life.


40% of insect species threatened with extinction

20 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

A catastrophic threat exists to 40% of species over the next 100 years, with butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees, ants and dung beetles most at risk.


Variable gene expression helps plants survive environmental change

04 February, 2019

Scientists discover how 'twin' plants with identical genes, grown in identical environments, continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.


New ocean species are evolving fastest in Antarctica

24 January, 2019

New research led by Museums Victoria has overturned previous theories about how the biodiversity of our oceans evolved.


Help stop the spread of marine pests this summer

22 January, 2019

More than two-thirds of water users are unaware of the threat posed by marine pests, according to a recent survey by Parks Victoria.


Bioherbicide approved to combat introduced weeds

17 January, 2019

The Di Bak Parkinsonia fungal bioherbicide has become the first woody weed bioherbicide to be granted federal regulatory approval.


Wild yeasts may improve wine from warmer climates

11 December, 2018

Dr Ana Hranilovic has discovered that certain strains of naturally occurring yeasts have beneficial effects in wine production.


Genomics for Australian Plants Framework Initiative launched

07 December, 2018

Genome sequencing is providing significant genetic information for many of the world's plant species; however, more can be achieved through collaboration.


Agribusiness partnership to explore native medicinal plants

08 November, 2018

A new research and commercial partnership aims to explore the development of a sustainable agribusiness model for traditional medicinal plants growing in northern Australia.


'Atmospheric detergent' to be investigated in Antarctica

01 November, 2018

Scientists are preparing to build a temporary lab on an Antarctic ice sheet, to reveal how much a natural 'atmospheric detergent' cleans the air of harmful trace gases.


DNA detection of crown-of-thorns starfish to improve monitoring

21 September, 2018

The PCR-based method will improve monitoring and early detection of the reef pest, allowing reef managers to contain outbreaks sooner.


Scientists team up to help the Great Barrier Reef

22 August, 2018

Citizen scientists are taking part in Virtual Reef Diver, a project that is helping scientists and reef managers get a better picture of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.


Stomatal development

17 August, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

Renowned international plant biologist Keiko Torii will present the Annals of Botany Lecture at ComBio2018, a major Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) conference.


Voyage to an underwater volcano

08 August, 2018 by Lauren Davis

An international team of scientists have returned from a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that took them 400 km north-east of New Zealand.


Plant science discovery could help develop treatments for genetic diseases

30 July, 2018

A newly discovered molecular mechanism of gene regulation could help develop treatment strategies for genetic diseases.


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