Towards turbocharged photosynthesis

It has been proposed that cyanobacteria — which obtain their energy from a highly efficient form of photosynthesis — might hold the key to increasing the yield of our most important crops and vegetables.

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Study species, the Tobacco plant

Weakness in malaria parasite fats would see new treatments

A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

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Dr Phuong Tran at the ANU Research School of Biology. Photo: Stuart Hay, ANU

New director for ANU Research School of Biology

The University has appointed Professor Allen Rodrigo as Director of the Research School of Biology (RSB) in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. He will take up the role in July next year.

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Professor Allen Rodrigo

Carbon in soil poses climate change risk

Carbon stored in the world’s soils is more vulnerable to climate change than expected, a study suggests.

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Tropical forest mountains-to-lowlands, Peru

ANU academic raises the profile of motor neurone disease by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Helping to raise funds for charity or medical research is not new to Dr Cooper, but he said it is not usually so public.

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Paul Cooper Ice Bucket Challenge

Herpes remains active even when no symptoms appear

Scientists researching the herpes virus have been surprised to find an ongoing conflict in the cells of sufferers, even when the virus is apparently dormant.

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PhD student Tiffany Russell and Associate Professor David Tscharke examining cells infected with herpes virus. Photo Stuart Hay, ANU

Possum poo study sheds light on human epidemics

A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on the spread of human epidemics.

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Possum in a trap. Image credit: Sam Banks

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