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  • Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

    The mission to map Australia’s biodiversity will bring big economic benefits.

    What’s the monetary value of our wildlife? Pretty high, according to Deloitte Access Economics, which has just releas...

    Animals June 2, 2021
  • Alliance between plants and fungi led to living on land

    The symbiotic relationship allows them to share fats.

    Plants may have colonised land because of an alliance with fungi, according to a study published in Science. Plant...

    Nature May 21, 2021
  • Spotted gum, complete

    A second species of eucalypt has had its complete genome revealed.

    A second complete eucalypt genome has been assembled and publicly released following a decade-long project involving ...

    Nature May 12, 2021
  • Pretty flowers get more attention

    But less attractive plants deserve to be studied too, scientists say.

    Scientists aren’t immune to the lure of beauty, it seems, tending to shun plants that are rare and have ecological si...

    Nature May 11, 2021
  • Genome of resurrected plant is sequenced for the first time ever

    2000-year-old seeds of extinct Judean date palm shows Roman influence in Middle East.

    For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of a resurrected plant that went extinct 2000 years ago...

    Civilisations May 4, 2021
  • How spinifex grasses got their ring shapes

    Scientists studying spinifex unearth the good and bad of soil microbes.

    Scientists say they may have solved a longstanding mystery of how Australia’s iconic spinifex got its distinctive rin...

    Nature April 11, 2021
  • Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water

    Pores stay closed to prevent water loss during drought.

    In order to save water, plants might be able to use an animal relaxing gene. A team of Australian and German resea...

    Agriculture March 29, 2021
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    Nature March 8, 2021
  • Cats love it but mozzies don’t

    Scientists reveal why catnip is a potent insect repellent.

    At the risk of becoming the Pied Piper of cats, you could use the garden herb catnip as a non-toxic insect repellent ...

    Nature March 5, 2021
  • Carbon storage stars

    Mangrove forests get top sequestering marks.

    Mangrove forests could be the key to reducing carbon, according to a new study. Researchers studying mangrove for...

    Climate February 25, 2021
  • Home gardens vital for pollinators

    They provide a rich and diverse nectar source, study finds.

    Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK ...

    Biology February 23, 2021
  • Fungi first

    A microfossil from China might be among the oldest land organisms discovered.

    A US-China collaboration has uncovered the oldest terrestrial fossil ever found: that of a tiny, fungi-like organism ...

    Biology January 28, 2021
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