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

  1. 20 October 2017 – Biology, Body Clock, Botany, Circadian Rhythms, Plants

    The chemical that tells plants when it’s time to sleep

    Ethylene, the hormone responsible for fruit ripening, also helps regulate plants' circadian rhythms, University of Melbourne research has found.

  2. 18 October 2017 – Animal Welfare, Aquaculture, Fish, Fish Farms, Parasites

    Helping fish fight their own battles

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered what behaviours fish use to naturally avoid parasites, which will help develop healthier fish farms.

  3. 13 October 2017 – Animals, Biodiversity, Bioscience, Black Saturday, Bushfires

    The opportunists after the fires

    University of Melbourne research finds a dramatic increase in feral predators after fires, making some native Australian animals even more vulnerable.

  4. 11 October 2017 – Design, Engineering, Mathematics, Mining, Software

    Using maths to map mines deep underground

    Software, created by University of Melbourne researchers, takes its inspiration from microchips to design underground tunnel networks for the mining industry.

  5. 2 October 2017 – Climate, Ecosystem Forest Sciences, Forests, Trees, Women In Science

    Written in King Billy’s tree rings: 1700 years of climate history

    University of Melbourne researchers have published a 1700 year tree ring chronology from King Billy pines in Tasmania, offering insights into climate history.

  6. 9 September 2017 – Drag, Mathematics, Physics, Resistance, Sciences

    Life’s a drag, unless you live in a bubble

    An international team led by the University of Melbourne has shown objects can sink in water with close to zero drag, proving an 18th century physics theory.

  7. 4 September 2017 – Biodiversity, Bushfires, Climate Change, Snow Gums, Victorian Alps

    Recurring fires are threatening the iconic snow gum

    The higher incidence of bushfires in recent years has devastated the snow gum population in the Victorian Alps, University of Melbourne research has found.

  8. 3 September 2017 – Allergies, Asthma, Hay fever, Melbourne Pollen Count, Pollen

    Thunderstorm asthma: Counting pollen to save lives

    With the 2016 thunderstorm asthma event still fresh in our memories, the University of Melbourne provides data to help hay fever sufferers manage their symptoms

  9. 29 August 2017 – Environment, Health, Iron Ore , Mercury, Pollution

    Isolating mercury to protect food chains

    A new technique co-developed by a University of Melbourne academic isolates different forms of mercury based on their risk to the food chain and the environment

  10. 23 August 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Environment, Fertiliser, Manure

    The power of recycled poo

    A study, led by the University of Melbourne, finds that animal poo does a better job than synthetic fertilisers for many crops and reduces nitrogen pollution.