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  1. 16 May 2024 - Science Matters

    Bushfires are changing the ‘hidden’ understorey in our forests

    New University of Melbourne research finds more frequent and intense fires are changing Australia’s forests, particularly the 'hidden' understorey.

  2. 26 April 2024 - Science Matters

    You might find a rare species in your backyard

    Events like City Nature Challenge are empowering communities to discover species, never seen before in some urban areas, say University of Melbourne experts

  3. 4 April 2024 - Science Matters

    Understanding how fire shapes plants will help protect them

    A new approach that predicts how plants respond to fire will help protect thousands of species from biodiversity loss, say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 14 March 2024 - Science Matters

    Victoria’s new habitat law fails to protect a tiny endangered species

    An endangered wingless stonefly in Australia is facing extinction after a government decision went against scientific advice say University of Melbourne experts

  5. 27 February 2024 - Science Matters

    Do you have a chorus of crickets in your backyard? Here’s why

    Melbourne is seeing an explosion of crickets, but a University of Melbourne experts says we should embrace these swarms as part of the cycle of nature

  6. 31 January 2024 - Science Matters

    A biobank freezes Australian species for the future

    By freezing the cells of living animals, University of Melbourne researchers and museums are working together to safeguard Australia’s wildlife.

  7. 7 March 2023 - Science Matters

    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

  8. 5 February 2023 - Science Matters

    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.

  9. 22 June 2022 - Science Matters

    The challenge to discover our plant and fungi species

    Citizen scientists are crucial in recording the biodiversity of Australian plant and fungi species, say researchers at the University of Melbourne Herbarium

  10. 1 February 2022 - Science Matters

    Saving aquatic insects: We may be looking in the wrong place

    Aquatic insects are at risk of extinction, but in understanding why we may need to look beyond the quality of the water, says University of Melbourne expert