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The Robertson Building (no. 46)
19
Jun
2014
All of biology and virtually all of science at ANU will be housed in state-of-the-art lab and office space, following the renovation of the West and Central Wings of the Robertson Building in 2017.
Eucalyptus sapling
12
Jun
2014
Scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the eucalypt for the first time, revealing how the Australian icon became the world’s favourite hardwood.
Field experiments in the Australian Alps
10
Jun
2014
A new field course will be offered in December 2015, 'Field Studies in Functional Ecology'.
Conference attendees on the last day. Photo: Anne-Sophie Dielen
09
Jun
2014
An expedition composed of 21 RSB Plant Sciences researchers, including lab leaders, postdocs, students and research officers, attended the 2014 Gordon Research Conference 'CO2 assimilation in plan
Possum in a trap. Image credit: Sam Banks
26
May
2014
A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on the spread of human epidemics. Scientists from The Australian National University studied E. coli in mountain brushtail possums, and found that the bacteria were transmitted in surprising patterns.
Professor Kiaran Kirk
30
Apr
2014
Professor Kiaran Kirk has been appointed as the Dean of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment.
Wheat growing in the RSB CEF. Image: Belinda Pratten, FreeSwimmers
28
Apr
2014
Peter Solomon was awarded a grant in May 2014 from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to undertake viral-induced gene silencing in wheat.
Mosquito
15
Apr
2014
An anti-malarial treatment that lost its status as the leading weapon against the deadly disease could be given a new lease of life, with new research indicating it simply needs to be administered differently.
The Shine Dome of the Australian Academy of Science
26
Mar
2014
Hanna Kokko and Craig Moritz from RSB's Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.
Ladina Ribi
14
Mar
2014
Ladina Ribi has spent a lifetime looking at ants and insects, and believes drawings of the tiny creatures are better than photographs at showing microscopic details.
Superb Fairy-wrens. Image courtesy John Young
05
Mar
2014
A new study overturns long-held theories that bird song is an exclusively male trait.
Two splice variants of the Ncaph2 gene Source: Bioinformatics, Wilson et. al.
28
Feb
2014
For more than a decade, the complete human and mouse genomes have been sequenced and catalogued in databases for anyone to search through.
Nepalese woman in the Annapurna region of north-central Nepal. Photo: Mark Watson, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
18
Feb
2014
Indigenous cultures around the globe use traditional medicines and pass on knowledge, developed over centuries, that is directly linked to the natural environment.
Students from the National Youth Science Forum
11
Feb
2014
The Solomon Lab hosted groups of students from the National Youth Science Forum.
Graham receiving his Rank Prize
05
Feb
2014
Graham Farquhar and CSIRO Fellow Richard Richards won a coveted international science prize for their ground-breaking research into more water efficient wheat.
Shiner surfperch, Cymatogaster aggregata
03
Feb
2014
Big waves are energetically costly for fish, and there are more big waves than ever. The good news is that fish might be able to adapt.
Warwick Hillier
13
Jan
2014
Associate Professor Warwick Hillier: 18 October 1967 – 10 January 2014
Image creative commons from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/
08
Jan
2014
Researchers from RSB and CSIRO Plant Industry, have taken a second look at where we begin to read genes, leading to the discovery of more than 2,000 new human and mouse proteins.
Cooperatively-breeding speckled warbler (left) feeding a black-eared cuckoo fledgling (right). Credit: David Cook.
20
Dec
2013
New research has found some birds choose not to reproduce so they can guard the nests of their close relatives.
The Swimming Ant, Polyrhachis sokolova; image courtesy Ajay Narendra, ANU
20
Dec
2013
Australia’s unusual swimming ants take their own ‘sunglasses’ when they go to the beach – to shield their sensitive eyes from bright sunlight.

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