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Science, Research, Climate Change and Agriculture: Stories From The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

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21 August 2020

New research led by scientists at Western Sydney University and published in BMC Biology shows that flying-foxes are always on the move among a vast network of roosts, creating key challenges for their management and conservation in Australia.

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17 August 2020

Researchers in the Which Plant Where project based at Western Sydney University have assessed urban tree species to select species that are more likely to cope with heat and drought as they mature.

Lophostemon confertus

30 July 2020

“Australia was always on my radar and I have loved being in the countryside at the Hawkesbury campus. It’s just a beautiful place to study plants!

12 May 2020

New research in Nature Climate Change provides evidence that rising temperatures are likely to increase crop losses as warmer soils favour the growth of pathogenic soil fungi species.

Alternaria fungus on apples

1st May 2020

In this pandemic it’s tempting to look for someone, or something, to blame. Bats are a common scapegoat and the community is misled to believe getting rid of them could be a quick fix. But are bats really the problem?

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29 April 2020

Western Sydney University and its research partners are leading the way when it comes to donating tonnes of fresh, healthy produce to Foodbank NSW and ACT to support families in need through COVID-19.

Foodbank Donations

9 April 2020

Researchers at Western Sydney University’s EucFACE experiment have found new evidence of limitations in the capacity of mature forests to translate rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations into additional plant growth and carbon storage.

EucFACE Sunset

10 March 20120

Researchers at Western Sydney University and The Australian National University have discovered new chemical communication pathways that determine how a plant changes when it emerges from darkness in the soil to light.

25 February 2020

Assoc Prof Matthias Boer at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment found that the area burned in Australia during the 2019-2020 forest fires far exceeds historic records worldwide.

Smoke Haze

11 February 2020

The alarming rate of carbon dioxide flowing into our atmosphere is affecting plant life in interesting ways – but perhaps not in the way you’d expect.

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