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

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20 January 2020

White‐nose syndrome has recently decimated bat populations across North America. While the fungal pathogen currently doesn’t occur in Australia, the fungus is virtually certain to jump continents in the next decade.

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14 January 2020

The Federal Government has announced new funding for Western Sydney University researchers to develop a system for reliably forecasting the potential for bushfires...

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10 January 2020

Dr Rachael Nolan says her analyses of bushlands around Sydney in the final months of 2019 indicated that the landscape was primed for these catastrophic fires – but it was series of other conditions, all happening concurrently, that ultimately led to the disaster.

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31 December 2019

We need the public’s help to identify the bees in Australian backyards. There’s a good chance some are not native, but are unwanted exotic species. Identifying new intruders before they become established will help protect our native species.

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2 December 2019

The potential for large, intense fires is determined by four fundamental ingredients: a continuous expanse of fuel; extensive and continuous dryness of that fuel; weather conditions conducive to the rapid spread of fire; and ignitions, either human or lightning. These act as a set of switches, in series: all must be “on” for major fires to occur.

Renee Marchin

15 November 2019

Dr Renée Marchin Prokopavicius has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Native Bees on Strawberry

14 November 2019

Researchers have found that native bees can pollinate strawberries effectively in sealed glasshouse conditions.

18 October 2019

Associate Professor Jeff Powell has been a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship for the research project, 'Understanding mycorrhizal phenotypes using functional traits'.

10 October 2019

Professor Belinda Medlyn from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has been named the 2019 ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow.

Awarded to one female academic in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines each year, the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowship scheme supports outstanding Australian and international researchers to build Australia’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers.

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21 August 2019

New research has found faecal transplants can safeguard the future of koalas and help them adapt to new food sources, leading to a potential solution for relocating koalas between populations.

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