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  1. 19 October 2020 - Science Matters

    Secrets of the basket-web spider’s silk

    A new study, including the University of Melbourne, reveals the first insights into the evolution and structure of the Australian basket-web spider’s rare silk.

  2. 20 August 2020 - Science Matters

    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.

  3. 11 August 2020 - Science Matters

    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.

  4. 19 September 2019 - Science Matters

    Rediscovering a ‘lost’ species

    A rare insect species, Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered by University of Melbourne researchers.

  5. 14 February 2019 - Go Figure

    Would cockroaches really survive a nuclear apocalypse?

    University of Melbourne experts look at the cockroaches' reputation for resilience and whether they really would survive a nuclear bomb and radiation.

  6. 27 November 2018 - Science Matters

    How a termite’s mound filters methane (and what it means for greenhouse gases)

    New University of Melbourne research find that although termites produce methane, half of their greenhouse gas emissions are filtered by their mounds.

  7. 14 March 2018 - Science Matters

    It’s not just antenna size, but scales that matter for lonely male moths

    University of Melbourne research finds some male moths have evolved intricate scale arrangements on their antennae to enhance detection of female sex pheromones

  8. 8 February 2018 - Science Matters

    Grasshoppers: The new poster bug for insect conservation

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered Key's matchstick grasshopper is threatened, and are now looking into how it can be reintroduced in Victoria.