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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar AO, credit Stuart Hay
21
Oct
2015
Graham Farquhar has won Australia’s top science prize, in recognition of his work that transformed our understanding of the biological process that is the basis for life on earth: photosynthesis.
Rock-wallaby and joey. Photo by Henry Cook.
08
Oct
2015
Scientists have discovered that rock-wallabies living in north east Queensland are sharing genetic material despite belonging to six different species.
Orange frill-necked lizard (credit Borbala Cser)
01
Oct
2015
Researchers at ANU have found frill-necked lizards have different coloured frills, depending on where they live and what they eat. The colour of the frill on the lizards varies from red, orange, yellow and white.
Broad lipped bird orchid with its male pollinator N. cryptoides
16
Sep
2015
In the first study of its kind researchers have gone beyond looking at the attraction of smell to investigate the role of flower shape and size in sexually deceptive orchids.
A new species of Funnelweb spider from Jervis Bay. Photo: Stuart Hay
10
Sep
2015
Scientists studying funnel-web spiders at Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay, NSW, have found a large example of an unexpected funnel-web species.
A Forty-spotted pardalote. Photo: Angi Kim
01
Sep
2015
Amanda Edworthy is trialling a novel method of controlling the fly larvae in a bid to save the extremely rare 40-spotted pardalote..
Jan Anderson. Image credit: AAS
01
Sep
2015
With great sadness, we acknowledge the passing of Professor Jan Anderson FAA FRS FDhc (Umeå) on 28 August 2015. Jan died peacefully in hospital after a short illness.
Attenborough's flat lizard
30
Aug
2015
Attenborough's flat lizard is a new species described by Scott Keogh, Mitzy Pepper and colleagues.
Associate Professor Solomon at the Research School of Biology
27
Aug
2015
This study is crucial to our ability to manage this disease in the future Researchers have unraveled the mystery cause of the emerging wheat disease White Grain Disorder.
25
Aug
2015
Gender balance in science has been a widely-discussed topic this National Science Week.
Shujuan Zhang
20
Aug
2015
Shujuan Zhang has been selected for the prestigious German Federal Ministry of Education and Research program 'Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development' to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions.
Professor Michael Roderick. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.
10
Aug
2015
Professor Michael Roderick has been admitted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for his exceptional contribution to Earth and space sciences.
Benjamin Schwessinger with pots of rice
27
Jul
2015
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.
Fairy wren. Image credit: Jessica-McLachlan
17
Jul
2015
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.
New partnership advances agricultural research
01
Jul
2015
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.
Image by James Almond on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesalmond/3075701182/
01
Jul
2015
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.
11
Jun
2015
Cuckoo finches in Africa have adopted a unique disguise to help them lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, biologists have found.
Susanne von Caemmerer
09
Jun
2015
“We have just begun to understand the importance of the remarkable speedy journey in which CO2 molecules move back and forth through the middle of the leaf,” said lead researcher Professor Susanne von Caemmerer.
Dr Phuong Tran at the ANU Research School of Biology. Photo: Stuart Hay, ANU
03
Jun
2015
Groups of scientists across ANU are teaming up to fight one of the world's most deadly diseases.
Tiny birds cry wolf to scare predators
03
Jun
2015
The brown thornbill mimics the hawk warning call of a variety of birds to scare off predators threatening its nest. This deception is captured in the short video 'Birds cry wolf to scare predators'.

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