Biosciences

Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

To a child, soil is just dirt – a home for worms. To a gardener, soil is a collection of organic matter and nutrients. But to plants, soil is a hotbed of chemical activity. And plants don’t just observe, they actively participate in this activity.

Media Release: Tim Winton named as patron of the ‘Native Australian Animals Trust’ at the University of Melbourne

Author Tim Winton (pictured with Roger Swainston's painting of Winton's grunter) and Dean of Science Prof Karen Day and Biosciences PhD students James Shelley and Matt LeFeuvre

Bacteria deployed to destroy mosquito-borne dengue can’t take the heat

Perran Ross, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, subjected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to temperatures from 26 degrees to 37 degrees under controlled laboratory conditions to see how well the bacterium survives.

BioSciences inaugural ‘BECR’ Research Summit at Bio21

he inaugural BECR Research Summit, supported by the School of Biosciences, took place at the Bio21 Institute, Friday, 9 December.

Insectary opened at Bio21 to step up fight against dengue

Researchers can now safely import, house and study mosquitoes from outside Australia, giving dengue research in Melbourne a significant boost.

Professor Ary Hoffmann elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Ary Hoffmann from the School of BioSciences and Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member — Evolutionary and Population Biology, and Ecology.

Philip Batterham honoured for a lifetime of genetics research

Professor Philip Batterham, Faculty of Science, has been awarded the 2015 MJD White Medal from the Genetics Society of AustralAsia.

Media Release: Waging war on Australia's nastiest parasite: scientists map blowfly genome

Phil Batterham

Professor Phil Batterham, researcher at the Bio21 Institute, is part of an international effort to decode the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation’s most insidious pests.

Image of the month - Barley Root

Barley root

Image for July: Scanning electron microscopy of a section of barley root. Dr Eric Hanssen (Bio21 Advanced Microscopy Facility and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and  Dr Allison Van De Meene (Bioscience and  Plant Cell Wall ARC Center of Excellence)

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