Have you ever wondered how the zebra got its black and white stripes, the leopard its spots or shells their mottled patterns? It turns out there are hidden chemical reactions behind nature’s art.
When we imagine the Amazon rainforest, we tend to picture a kingdom of tropical greenery – a flurry of squawks, motion and colour. In reality, it’s becoming increasingly uninhabited. We’re working to create a continuous wireless network of sensors to monitor the activity of species and better understand biodiversity loss.
With a predicted increase in the average temperature this summer, entomologists are forecasting an increase in insect activity.
Our national parks play a vital role in protecting our native plants.
We’ve been using biocontrol to weed out some of Australia’s worst plant pests, including the widespread Crofton weed on Lord Howe Island.
Our new analysis suggests that the fall in atmospheric CO₂ levels during the cold period from 1500 to 1750 was driven by increased net uptake of carbon by plants. So what does that mean for us?
To mark the opening of our ASSETS program for this year, we’re sharing our five favourite projects that rely on Indigenous scientific knowledge.
Those yellow fields aren’t just a pretty picture – they make Australia the second largest exporter of canola seed in the world.
The University of Western Australia and Department of Parks and Wildlife – with help from our Atlas of Living Australia – have used the humble banksia to assess the impact of climate change in south-west Western Australia.