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New research has revealed the evolution of colour vision in front-fanged snakes following their transition from terrestrial to fully marine environments, and for the first time, provided evidence of where, when and how frequently the species have adapted their ability to see in colour. The research suggests sea snakes’ vision has been modifying genetically over millions of generations, enabling them to adapt to new environments and meaning they can continue to see prey – and predators – deep below the sea surface.
Software developers are finding their productivity and wellbeing has been hit as a result of COVID-19. But employers shouldn’t make decisions, such as to promote or lay them off, based on productivity during the pandemic.
A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.
The University of Adelaide has been awarded $10.6 million for seven research projects to investigate issues such as immune disorders impacting on pregnancies, the over-consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, and how to assist women to lose weight before conceiving. The funding is through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2021 Investigator Grant program, which invests in world-leading health and medical research projects to improve lives.
A new research project aims to understand household behaviours around food waste in order to reduce the amount of food sent to landfill. It will promote a circular economy where the nutrients from food waste go back into the compost industry, and ultimately save greenhouse gas emissions from damaging our climate further when food waste rots in landfill.
Research institutes across South Australia are combining their expertise and resources to establish a state-of-the-art centre for genomics in SA. The South Australian Genomics Centre will open its doors on 1 July 2020 thanks to an investment of more than $7 million, including $2 million from Bioplatforms Australia through the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
First-year University of Adelaide student Oliver Douglas has been awarded a 2020 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship, one of the most generous privately funded residential scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia.
The University of Adelaide has launched a new alternative entry pathway for undergraduate admission in 2021 based on Year 11 performance.
VivaZome Therapeutics and the University of Adelaide have entered into a series of agreements encompassing licensing of technology, access to stem cells and conduct of research, all in support of VivaZome’s mission to develop and commercialise exosome-based therapeutics.
University of Adelaide researchers have found that South Australia’s population of Grey-headed flying foxes, which took up residence in 2010, has been exposed to a number of viruses, including Hendra virus that can be transmitted to humans via horses. But they have not found evidence of exposure to Australian bat lyssavirus.