As our world is warming under climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense, yet the vulnerability of our wildlife to such events is poorly understood. New research from Australia’s Wet Tropics indicates that the area where maximum temperatures are survivable for the green ringtail possum could shrink by over 85 percent this century due to climate change.
We owe such a lot to the humble European honeybee. For an insect that was only brought to Australia in 1822, it has become well-established as one of our most important crop-pollinating insects. But honeybees are under threat from pests and environmental changes that have caused widespread colony collapse around the world. That’s one reason why there’s growing interest in Australia’s native pollinators that keep our food and natural ecosystems ticking along.
Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus hosted a valuable field tour as the ANZ Smart Farms and Agtech Forum: Future of Farming with Precision Agriculture, Big Data and Robotics Conference commenced on December 4th and 5th at Sydney's International Convention Centre.
Faecal transplants could help preserve vulnerable species like koalas
11th June 2018
Dr Ben Moore and Dr Michaela Blyton write in Nature News on the outcomes of their research into the koala microbiome.
They recently confirmed that it is possible to modify the gut microbiome of koalas to enable koalas to feed on mess-mate eucalypts as well as their usual food source, manna gums.
This important research is enabling scientists to better conserve at-risk koala populations through efforts to relocate overpopulated areas and adapt koalas to different food sources when they get there.
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Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research was rated at 5 Stars for Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences by the 2015 Excellence In Research Australia rankings conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Western Sydney University is ranked among the top 20 Australian universities for achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants. Nearly a third of the University's ARC grant income is achieved by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Find out more...
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