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



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.


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

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

7 May 2019

New research has found that a hormone produced by plants under stress can be applied to crops to alleviate the damage caused by salty soils.

Cotton ACC HIE

19 February 2019

Younger, regrowing forests are much more capable of taking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it away than older established forests...

Young Forests
The research trials were showcased this week on popular television program Gardening Australia for the Which Plant Where project.
Gardening Australia Feb 2019

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