The wingless grasshopper that could cross Bass Strait, but not the Yarra River
New genomic data can track Australia’s wingless matchstick grasshopper from Tasmania to the mainland, say University of Melbourne experts.
The fly DNA fighting killer bacteria
The genome of an Australian fly has won an evolutionary “arms race” against a killer bacteria by evolving to co-exist with it, say University of Melbourne.
Q&A: Victoria’s monster mosquito explosion
Do you feel like a personal donor to a rising number of blood-sucking mosquitoes this Australian spring? You’re not alone, say University of Melbourne experts.
The Australian grasshopper that’s given up sex
A unique grasshopper that's an all-female species that doesn’t have sex to reproduce gives new insights into evolution, say University of Melbourne experts.
Mini-beast renaturing: A time for local action
Globally, insect numbers are dwindling but University of Melbourne experts say we could help our ecosystem by renaturing mini-beasts in our own urban backyards.
Variety is the spice of life... and key to saving wildlife
By understanding how varied a species' DNA is, we can boost species adaptation to new conditions, decreasing extinction risk say University of Melbourne experts
The complexities of predicting climate change effects
Australia’s iconic ecosystems are being impacted by climate change. A University of Melbourne experts says that to protect our ecosystems, we need more data.
The grasshopper that was lost, then found, is now endangered
After thought to be extinct, the Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper was found; but as its habitat shrinks, University of Melbourne research finds it’s now endangered.
Targeting the bacteria inside insects for improved pest management
New research including the University of Melbourne is targeting essential microorganisms inside insect pests to potentially revolutionise farm pest management.
Have resistance, will travel
University of Melbourne finds that insects, like mosquitoes, are becoming resistant to insecticides. So, how are these genetic invasions impacting pest control?