Research

Possums in NZ prefer leaves high in available protein

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found possums in New Zealand prefer to eat leaves high in available protein, giving authorities

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Possum in a trap. Image credit: Sam Banks

Starving cancer the key to new treatments

Research School of Biology researchers have found a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new

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Celebrating C4 Photosynthesis: 50 years of discovery and innovation

2016 marks 50 years since Hal Hatch and Roger Slack discovered the C4 photosynthesis pathway, while working in sugarcane.

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Sylvain Foret awarded prestigious Human Frontier Science Program Grant

Sylvain Foret is the only Australia-based researcher to be awarded a Young Investigators grant from the Human Frontier Science project (HSFP) in 2016.  

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Sylvain Foret on a boat

The heat is on - researchers discover global patterns in plant responses to temperature

Plants from all over the globe respond to temperature changes in remarkably similar ways, researchers have found.

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One shot to save millions of lives

“Before you go travelling next time, make sure you come to me for some tips.”

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You're spongey and you know it

Dr Maja Adamska is flipping through a textbook, and stops to show a photo of what looks like a lumpy blob.

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Murray crayfish high country hideout under threat

Ecologists have found that Murray crayfish numbers plunged 90 per cent in a high country river after their habitat was lost.

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Murray crayfish high country hideout under threat

The Research School of Biology is devoted to the study of biological processes in plants, animals and humans. It is home to over 60 academics and their research groups (Labs), which for purposes of research support and administration are subdivided into three Divisions: Plant SciencesEvolution, Ecology and Genetics, and Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry.

The Research School of Biology supports academic groups with significant facilities and infrastructure, such as plant growth facilities, green houses, animal housing and a pool of large equipment. The School has a Mass Spectrometry Facility for metabolomics and proteomics and together with CSIRO Pant Industry houses the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

The Divisions and each of the infrastructure areas are supported by teams of professional staff. RSB academics participate in three ARC Centres of Excellence and are supported by grants from large variety of sources.

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