Recognition for Earth Sciences academics

Professor Michael Roderick has been admitted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for his exceptional contribution to Earth and space sciences.

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Professor Michael Roderick. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.

The secret sanctuaries of Ningaloo reef

You might think seaweed is the annoying stuff that washes up on beaches, and gets caught in your boat motors, paddle or fishing gear. But ANU marine scientists have revealed that seaweeds are vital to the world’s second largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo, on the west coast of Australia.

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ANU Honours student Isis Lim and her supervisor Dr Chris Fulton of the Research School of Biology surveying fish and seaweed habitat at Ningaloo. (Photo: Mae Noble)

Trigger found for defence to rice crop disease

Biologists have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered by disease, in a discovery that could boost crop yields and lead to more disease-resistant types of rice.

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Benjamin Schwessinger with pots of rice

Exhibition: The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science

The exhibition 'The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science'  will be held at the CSIRO Discovery Gallery Room from  5-31 August. This exhibition, organised by Anne-Sophie Dielen and Britta Forster, is a registered event for National Science Week, free and open to the public.

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Plant scientist Professor Susanne von Caemmerer. Photo credit Charles Tambiah

How birds learn foreign languages

After only two days of training, fairy wrens learnt to flee when they heard an alarm call that was foreign to them, showing that birds can learn to eavesdrop on the calls of other species.

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Fairy wren. Image credit: Jessica-McLachlan

Biology Honours Information Evening

Third Year Science students considering Honours in Biology next year are invited to meet with potential supervisors, discuss possible projects and join us for pizza and refreshment.

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Linnaeus building with students (c) Cole Bennetts

Going genomic - Using science to improve food security

The rapid advances in genomic sequencing have important implications for policymakers, write Justin Borevitz and John Rivers. This article was originally published on the APPS Policy Forum.

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Image by James Almond on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesalmond/3075701182/

A cuckoo finch in sheep's clothing

Cuckoo finches in Africa have adopted a unique disguise to help them lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, biologists have found.

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News

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Aug
2015
Shujuan Zhang, a former student of the Atkin lab and the ARC Centre of...
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Aug
2015
Professor Michael Roderick and Professor Hugh O'Neill have been admitted as...
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Jul
2015
Biologists have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered...
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Jul
2015
There was general disbelief and excitement when the bird learned the...
01
Jul
2015
The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help...

Events

05
Aug
2015
An exhibition, called 'The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science...
02
Sep
2015
Crops with deeper roots are thought to capture more soil resources and as a...
03
Sep
2015
Professor Leann Tilley's research aims to understand and control malaria. She...
03
Sep
2015
Behavior determines how organisms interact with their environment, and has long...
09
Sep
2015
The world population is rising, placing increasing demands on food production...

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