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

Endogenous retroviruses in health and disease: charting the evolutionary dynamics of retrovirus colonisation of the mule deer genome

In this RSB Directors Seminar, Professor Mary Poss will present recent findings on the evolutionary history of cervid endogenous retroviruses in mule deer genomes.

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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

ANU-CSIRO form new food, agriculture science precinct

The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help build a sustainable future for the environment, agriculture and global food supplies. Murray Badger and Craig Moritz describe how in an ANU video.

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New partnership advances agricultural research

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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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...
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Jul
2015
The rapid advances in genomic sequencing have important implications for...
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Jun
2015
Cuckoo finches in Africa have adopted a unique disguise to help them lay their...

Events

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Aug
2015
An exhibition, called 'The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science...
05
Aug
2015
UV-B is an intrinsic component of sunlight that plants perceive and acclimate...
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Aug
2015
Glycosylation reactions require activated glycosyl donors in the form of...

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