Research & development > Environmental science

Harry Butler Institute to promote conservation and environmental management

18 August, 2017

Murdoch University joined global energy producer Chevron for the official launch of the Harry Butler Institute, set to shape the next generation of leaders in conservation and environmental management.

Understanding plant-microbe interactions

18 August, 2017 by Mansi Gandhi

With a relentless passion for plants, a strong desire to secure the world's food resources and numerous papers and awards under his belt, Dr Jonathan Plett from Western Sydney University is one of Australia's most promising scientists.

Cucumbers in space

24 July, 2017

Japanese scientists have grown cucumbers in space flight.

Tapping plant pharmacopeia for better drugs

18 April, 2017 by David Salisbury

Geneticists have come up with an effective way of using plant pharmacopeia to produce more effective drugs.

Not-so-happy World Meteorological Day

23 March, 2017

This year's World Meteorological Day has a somewhat sombre tone, with the WMO revealing that numerous climate records were broken in 2016.

Nutrient access affects trees' carbon storage abilities

10 March, 2017 by Lauren Davis

A groundbreaking study led by Western Sydney University has found that common Australian trees are unable to store as much carbon dioxide as previously thought.

World's oldest fossils uncovered

07 March, 2017

An international research team has discovered the remains of microorganisms at least 3.77 billion years old, making them the oldest fossils ever found.

Metal-contaminated soil leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

28 February, 2017

Australian and Scottish researchers have found that soils containing lead, manganese or aluminium — even in small amounts — contain bacteria with antibiotic resistance.

Grant to improve sorghum breeding programs

30 January, 2017

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a three-year, $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies.

As temperatures go up, insect populations go down

12 January, 2017

Scientists have discovered that rising temperatures are damaging insects' ability to reproduce.

The biggest exposed fault on Earth

30 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis

Geologists conducting research off the coast of eastern Indonesia have identified what they claim to be the biggest exposed fault on Earth — a find that will help researchers assess dangers of future tsunamis in the area.

From bread to beer — the gene mutation in barley

24 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis

A research team led by Okayama University has discovered the gene mutation and enzyme that determine whether the dormancy of barley is long (better for food crops) or short (better for beer-making).

Bushfires decrease genetic diversity in frog populations

17 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis

The increasing intensity and frequency of bushfires in Victoria is having a significant impact on the genetic diversity of the state's frog populations.

State of the Climate 2016 — hotter days, warmer oceans, greater fire risk

28 October, 2016

Australia has warmed by around 1°C since 1910, according to State of the Climate 2016.

Newly discovered microorganisms contributing to climate change

18 October, 2016

Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a major group of microorganisms contributing to climate change.

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