Variety is the spice of life... and key to saving wildlife

In the critical battle against extinction, conservationists use a variety of tactics to try to save species writes Bio21's Professor Ary Hoffmann.

Have resistance, will travel

Bio21's Nancy Endersby, Qiong Yang, Tom Schmidt and Ary Hoffmann have investigated patterns of movement of the two resistance profiles for dengue spreading mozzies and the red-legged earth mite.

Tracking the climate threat to Australia’s unique ecosystems

Read Ary Hoffmann's, Nick Bell's and James Carmac's Pursuit piece about monitoring the impacts of climate change on Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems.

The tip of the CRISPR iceberg

Bio21 researchers use powerful CRISPR technology to understand the immune system and understand how insecticides work.

Grasshoppers: The new poster bug for insect conservation

Bio21's Ary Hoffmann explains why the ‘Key’s matchstick grasshopper’, Keyacris scurra, is in need of urgent conservation.

Coming to the genetic rescue of our endangered marsupials

Genetic variation is essential for survival; it allows species to adapt and evolve so they can overcome disease and other environmental threats, and avoid the negative consequences of inbreeding.

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.


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