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19
May
2016
Big isn’t always better when it comes to the size of male genitals. Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have been looking at the breeding habits of fish, to test the theory that bigger genitals make males more attractive or successful in fathering offspring.
Possum in a trap. Image credit: Sam Banks
13
May
2016
RSB researchers have found that possums in New Zealand prefer to eat leaves high in available protein, giving authorities new evidence to help them limit possum damage to New Zealand’s forests.
10
May
2016
Thirty seven years after finishing his honours degree at the University of Wollongong, Professor Robert Furbank has been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Science) by his former University.
09
May
2016
RSB researchers have found a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new treatments to stop the growth of tumours.
21
Apr
2016
2016 marks 50 years since Hal Hatch and Roger Slack discovered the C4 photosynthesis pathway, while working in sugarcane.
18
Apr
2016
The Self-Organised Complexity of Shape Symposium on April 6 drew participants from across the ANU as well as other Australian universities 
12
Apr
2016
A scientist from the Research School of Biology is helping set up an international network to use surveillance camera networks and drone data to spy on trees.
Sylvain Foret on a boat
04
Apr
2016
Sylvain Foret is the only Australia-based researcher to be awarded a Young Investigators grant from the Human Frontier Science project (HSFP) in 2016.  
24
Mar
2016
Plants from all over the globe respond to temperature changes in remarkably similar ways, researchers have found. The finding has important implications for climate modelling.
Murray crayfish high country hideout under threat
07
Mar
2016
Ecologists have found that Murray crayfish numbers plunged 90 per cent in a high country river after their habitat was lost.
Past Biol Olympid Students preparing to welcome the new summer school students at ANU. Photo: Juliey Beckman
22
Feb
2016
The Biology Olympiad Summer School was a great success in January, thanks to the work contributed by Juliey Beckman and the Teaching Lab team.
Sally Stowe imaging butterfly wing in the EMU, Bldg 46, c 2007. Photo credit: Jeff Wilson, ANU
22
Feb
2016
Sally was a member of RSBS (and later RSB) for 33 years. She managed the ANU Electron Microscopy Unit (ANUEMU) in Building 46 for 24 years, until her retirement in 2008. Sally was the epitome of a scientist, and will be remembered for her immense technical skill, modest demeanour and enduring helpfulness. 
Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility (PGF), IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines
19
Feb
2016
The Loyd T Evans Growth Facility (PGF), named after John Evan's father, was officially opened on the Philippine campus of the International Rice Research Institute on 21 January 2016.
15
Feb
2016
Researchers who have spent 10 years studying ground-nesting wasps have solved a mystery of how the insects make sure that they find their way home.
01
Feb
2016
Queen bees and ants emit a chemical that alters the DNA of their daughters and keeps them as sterile and industrious workers, scientists have found.
01
Feb
2016
Start 2016 with a science BANG! Yep, you read it right. The "RSB EMCR Future Conference" is fast approaching and EVERYONE in RSB - the entire PS, EEG and BSB community- is cordially invited. 
Image: Mike Licht, flickr.com
18
Dec
2015
An evolutionary biologist has analysed political opposition to evolution and found it has evolved.
ANU Future- Fllows 2015
16
Dec
2015
The Australian National University (ANU) has secured five prestigious Future Fellowships, two of which have been awarded to researchers in the Research School of Biology.
Robert Furbank and Susanne von Caemmerer
03
Dec
2015
A research and development project to supercharge rice production has received funding for a third phase.
Panels and dead tree Cax drought plot
24
Nov
2015
Vulnerability to internal plumbing failure puts the tallest trees in rainforests at increased risk of death during drought, a study in the Amazon forests in Brazil has found.

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