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



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

19 June 2019

Scientists have issued a new warning to humanity that efforts to address climate change demand that we include the immense roles played by microbes.

Microbial Hand Warning

31 May 2019

Scientists have found that although the numbers of microbes in soils are vast, most belong to just a few common species.

Cordyceps fungus consumes the body of an insect

28 March 2019

Western Sydney University is set to play a key role in the future of agritech in Australia after the Federal Government today announced it will invest $35 million over the next ten years in the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

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