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Science Matters

Life, the Universe and almost everything in between. This is Science at Melbourne.

  1. 7 March 2023 – Agriculture, Biodiversity, Food Security, Genetics, Viruses

    Wheat’s ancient roots of viral resistance

    University of Melbourne research has found that a gene that protects wheat from destructive Wheat Yellow Mosaic Virus originated in an ancient wild relative

  2. 20 February 2023 – Asia Institute, India, Languages, South Asia, Universities

    It’s time to build South Asia literacy in Australia

    A University of Melbourne expert says Universities are key to boosting a generation of Indian literate Australian graduates as our centre of gravity moves East.

  3. 26 July 2022 – Agriculture, Australia, Cows, Foot-and-mouth disease, Viruses

    Protecting Australia from foot-and-mouth disease

    Australia's been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 1872, but outbreaks in neighbouring countries are a cause for concern, says University of Melbourne expert

  4. 19 December 2022 – Biometrics, Chocolate, Food, Food Sciences, Marketing

    Why we judge chocolate by its cover

    Chocolate is the most popular confectionary worldwide, but new research from the University of Melbourne shows packaging is just as important as what's inside

  5. 10 February 2023 – Bacteria, Mathematics, Microbiology, Modelling, Oceans

    The smallest marine microbes share nutrients – briefly

    Fleeting interactions between the smallest phytoplankton and bacteria help to shape global ocean productivity, finds new University of Melbourne led research

  6. 5 February 2023 – Australia, Australian Wildlife, Biodiversity, Bushfires, Environment

    The burning of Australia’s nature

    A new book examines the biodiversity loss from Australia’s Black Summer wildfires and what lessons our country must learn, say University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 25 January 2023 – Art, Cells, DNA, Microscopy, Proteins

    From art restorer to DNA explorer

    University of Melbourne Associate Professor Elizabeth Hinde found her dream role studying the nuclear architecture of living cells

  8. 19 January 2023 – Australian History, Ecology, Insects, Museums, Native Species

    Lockdown ‘field trip’ reveals whereabouts of Australian grasshoppers

    Ecologists from the University of Melbourne used historical survey notes to map the location of hundreds of species of Australian grasshopper

  9. 12 January 2023 – Allergies, Melbourne Pollen Count, Microscopy, Pollen, Pollution

    Exploring the air we breathe

    University of Melbourne researchers are probing the microscopic particles in Melbourne's air to understand how allergens in our environment affect our health.