News: climate change

Ocean acidification research is robust despite ebbs and flows

Ocean acidification

A new objective examination of almost a quarter-of-a-century of ocean acidification research shows that, despite challenges, experts in the field can have confidence in their research.

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Climate change is reducing global river water quality

Finniss River in drought in 2009

A review of almost 1000 studies on the effects of climate change and extreme weather events on rivers around the world has found an overall negative effect on water quality in rivers globally.

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Super seven shine light on STEM opportunities

Six of the seven Superstars of STEM stand together and smile into the camera.

Seven outstanding women researchers from the University of Adelaide have been recognised among Australia’s Superstars of STEM for 2023-24.

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University researchers placed top in their fields

Students walk around the North Terrace campus.

Six University of Adelaide researchers have been named as the country’s top experts in their fields according to league tables just published.

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Changes in marine ecosystems going undetected

An underwater photo of a kelp ecosystem.

Existing ways of calculating biodiversity dynamics are not very effective in detecting wholesale species community change due to the effects of ocean acidification.

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Tropical and desert grasses may migrate further south

Two ecologists kneeling down, taking grass samples in Coffin Bay National Park.

The maximum summer temperature and the amount of rainfall in summer are the two climate factors that determine the type of native grass that grows in a region, Australian researchers have found in a recent study.

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Straightening out kinky roots captures carbon and avoids drought stress

Barley swaying in the wind.

Researchers have discovered a new gene in barley and wheat that controls the angle of root growth in soil, opening the door to new cereal varieties with deeper roots that are less susceptible to drought and nutrient stress, thus mitigating the effects of climate change

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Ocean warming threatens richest marine biodiversity

An underwater photo of marine biodiversity, including fish and turtles.

An international team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Adelaide has revealed that rates of future warming threaten marine life in more than 70 per cent of the most biodiverse-rich areas of Earth’s oceans. 

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Delaying grapes from ripening results in more flavoursome wine

A bunch of red winegrapes sit on the vine

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have crunched the data on the best methods to delay grapes ripening on the vine, leading to better quality wine.

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Plant power: the future of sustainability

A scientist examines plant samples.

We know plants are powerful, but are they powerful enough to be the future of sustainability solutions?

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