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  1. 14 May 2021 - Animals, Food & You

    Smaller plants show promise for future food crops

    University of Melbourne researchers have bred smaller soybean plants with the same yield, raising hopes smaller crops could grow more food on less land.

  2. 2 March 2021 - Science Matters

    How plants tell time

    Plants can’t go to a fridge for a midnight snack, but a new University of Melbourne-led study shows they sense time at dusk to conserve energy made from the sun

  3. 3 September 2020 - Science Matters

    Illuminating Indigenous culture through plants

    Zena Cumpston, University of Melbourne has produced a new indigenous plant guide to encourage their use, appreciation as well as highlighting Indigenous science

  4. 21 October 2019 - Science Matters

    Getting revegetation right with genetics

    Revegetation programs need to include plants with a varied genetic background for long-term success, finds new research including the University of Melbourne.

  5. 9 October 2019 - Animals, Food & You

    Switching to a plant-based diet? Keep an eye on your micronutrients

    Health and environment concerns mean people are switching to a plant-based diet, but University of Melbourne experts say they may miss out on key micronutrients

  6. 7 May 2019 - Design

    Plants tell stories of cultural connection

    Aboriginal peoples’ holistic relationships with all living things is celebrated at The Living Pavilion, an event and living lab at the University of Melbourne.

  7. 20 February 2019 - Science Matters

    What plant proteins can tell us about Alzheimer’s

    University of Melbourne-led research finds that a protein helping plants to grow under salt stress shares features with Tau, the protein linked to Alzheimer's.

  8. 24 October 2018 - Science Matters

    The stories of Australia’s botanical biodiversity

    The University of Melbourne Herbarium has an estimated 150,000 specimens, each with their own story to tell and now the collection is available online.

  9. 2 October 2018 - Science Matters

    Engineering plants for a sustainable future

    University of Melbourne and AIST (Japan) researchers have discovered a way to modify plant cell walls to potentially produce greener materials like bioplastics.

  10. 6 June 2018 - Science Matters

    Finding the building blocks of wood

    An international team, including University of Melbourne scientists, is looking inside trees to learn exactly how wood is formed at the cellular level.