News: Environment Institute

New inexpensive method to detect lime in soil

Ruby Hume taking soil measurements in the field.

University of Adelaide scientists have developed a new simple, inexpensive and fast method to detect and measure very low concentrations of agricultural lime in soils, which is generally a time consuming and difficult exercise.

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Echidna conservation science initiative a finalist in Eureka Awards

Echidna with alpacas

The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a finalist in the Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes.

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Fish sex organs boosted under high-CO2

Triplefin fish near underwater vent

Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future.

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Droughts are threatening global wetlands: new study

Dried and cracked soils

University of Adelaide scientists have shown how droughts are threatening the health of wetlands globally. Published in the journal Earth-Science Reviews, the scientists highlight the many physical and chemical changes occurring during droughts that lead to severe, and sometimes irreversible, drying of wetland soils.

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Esteemed biologist to chair Environment Institute

Image of Professor Hugh Possingham

Internationally acclaimed conservation biologist, Professor Hugh Possingham, has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. Professor Possingham is currently Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s leading environmental organisations, and is completing his term there in the coming weeks. Professor Bob Hill, Director of the Environment Institute, says it is a major coup to appoint such a highly distinguished global conservation leader to chair its Advisory Board.
 

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