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



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.

Fire Nov2019

15 November 2019

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

Renee Marchin

14 November 2019

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

Native Bees on Strawberry

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.

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.

Koala Animal Microbiome 2

31 July 2019

Ground-breaking Western Sydney University research reveals adding silicon to wheat crops (Triticum aestivum) increases leaf silicon levels, enhancing tolerance to attacks by chewing insects.


18 July 2019

Western Sydney University researchers will undertake world-first research into sterile insect technology thanks to a $10 million collaborative project managed by Hort Innovation, with significant cash contributions by the University and the Government of South Australia.

4 July 2019

Parasitic Varroa mites magnify the damage from a common virus in honeybees that can cause deformities in the bees’ wings, according to a review published in the Annual Review of Virology.

Deformed Wings Bees

26 June 2019

New evidence that a species of passerine bird, the native Superb Fairy-wren, can employ torpor that reduces their energy needs in cold conditions.

Passerine Birds Fairy Wren

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