Smut to the rescue
Our scientists are releasing a smut fungus. It's a new biocontrol for a weed called wandering trad, which is smothering our forests and clogging waterways.
Be part of the ABC’s Magical Land of Oz
Be a part of the ABC's new nature doco, Magical Land of Oz. Just slip on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and get outside to record the species that (still) call Australia home 📸
Gardens in the ice: the flora of Antarctica
Not just ice, Antarctica is host to hardy mosses, lichens, and flowering plants that persist on a continent of extremes, extreme scarcity—water, heat, nutrients—and extreme overabundance—wind and radiation.
Species richness: our EOFY stock-take reveals over 200 newly discovered species
In the last year we've discovered and named over 200 different species including fossil insects, a catshark from PNG, a macadamia-blighting weevil, and a daisy known from just 20 individuals.
Green superheroes of the sea: how wetland plants are tackling climate change
Wetland vegetation – like seagrass, mangroves and marshes – can store twice as much carbon as a hectare of tropical forest. These grasses and trees of the sea could hold the key to a low carbon future.
Eucalyptus: Five things you might not know about these flowering giants
Eucalyptus are uniquely Australia, with 894 of the 900 varieties native to our continent. This National Eucalyptus Day, we’re celebrating these wonderful trees and the services they provide for our atmosphere and ecosystems.
Helping put the Great Barrier Reef on the road to recovery
With the help of science the Great Barrier Reef can repair itself.
Kangaroo grass seeds hopping towards climate change
Plants are able to reproduce in a number of weird and wacky ways, but have you ever heard about seeds that wiggle and hop their way towards germination?
From plants to pants: developing the next generation of cotton
Our researchers are working on the next generation of cotton that has all the benefits of synthetics, without producing plastic microfibres.
Good karma for water saving chameleon
How many calories were in your last meal? Do you know how many litres of water were required to grow it? We've got the answer and it's not very sustainable. We're working to reduce water waste in agriculture.
Rare spider orchid tangos with pollinator
The Canberra spider orchid has an interesting ploy to attract the attention of local wasps for pollination, and now ecologists are employing it to restock the orchids numbers.