A group of Western Australian botanical experts have teamed up to understand the ‘personal space’ of plant species in different environments, in a bid to improve the restoration rates for native landscapes.
Sponges that can soak up CO2 where it’s not wanted and quickly release it somewhere beneficial—such as greenhouses—have been developed by Australian researchers. “Special sponge materials called magnetic organic frameworks, or MOFs, are highly effective at soaking up and storing gases such as CO2 at the point of emission. But we hadn’t worked out how […]
An Adelaide researcher has modified natural clays so that they can clean up multiple soil contaminants simultaneously. “In Australia we have more than 160,000 contaminated sites,” says Dr Bhabananda Biswas from the University of South Australia, who conducted the research in collaboration with the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). […]
Antidepressants are making their way into our lakes and rivers—and they’re making freshwater fish less fazed by predators. Jake Martin, a PhD candidate at Monash University, looked at how the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) responded to the threat of a predator when they had been exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine (using levels similar to those already […]
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