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



14 January 2021

Remnant emu populations are right at the limit of their climatic suitability as the changes in rainfall patterns and threats from predation, habitat loss and other causes is putting pressure on these populations.

9 November 2020

Research at Western Sydney University into flowering plant pollination has shown that native bees and exotic European honeybees can support plant pollination together, with different crops and plants attracting different varieties of insect pollinators.

Amy Gilpin 1000

6 November 2020

Two of the Institute's early career researchers have received prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (ARC DECRA), to focus on priority areas of research for the benefit of Australia and its international communities.

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?

The Conversation logo

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

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