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22 September 2016

The female Superb Lyrebird of Australia is finally getting her day in the sun. The male is justly famous for his amazing ability to mimic sounds. But for the first time, scientists have conducted a systematic study of the sounds that female Superb Lyrebirds make. They find that she, too, is a skilled vocalist that can imitate the voices of at least 19 other bird species.

Sep 30

Crop diseases cause yield losses, yet crop productivity needs to increase by > 70% over the next 35 years to accommodate population growth and changing dietary preferences. Crop plants and pathogens interact in response to changes in environmental conditions. There has been little work to study its combined effects on crop-disease interactions to guide strategies for adaptation to climate change.

12 September 2016

A study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, has found that across much of inland Australia plants are near a tipping point in their ability to cope with rising high-temperature extremes. This suggests that future heat-waves could have devastating effects on Australia's flora.

The Institute will offer a number of Summer Scholarships for undergraduate students (second and third year) to work for approximately six to eight weeks during the summer in a field of research related to plant science. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Oct 25

With more than 90% of Australians living in cities and urban centres, issues of health, wellbeing and liveability in our cities are in the news more than ever.

This forum explores Western Sydney University's four research themes in the context of life in urban centres with a particular focus on challenges of urban heat islands, greenspace benefits, urban living trends and health implications for our future cities.

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Dec 1

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB) is an unofficial society that meets annually at locations around Australia and New Zealand. The aim of each meeting is to promote scientific excellence in comparative research in a socially enjoyable atmosphere.

 

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