• Phoenix from the ashes

    Kingsley Dixon     |      September 8, 2019

    Bushfires can devastate our precious forests, but their smoke also encourages the germination of long-buried seeds, a trick gardeners can use to coax seeds into life in their gardens.

  • Can we save the Tasmanian devil?

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2019

    Released on National Threatened Species Day on 7 September ,a new book offers an update on the campaign to save the Tasmanian devil, which has suffered a dramatic reduction in numbers.

  • Protecting your garden from possums

    Daryl Holland     |      September 5, 2019

    When possums ravaged her garden, Professor Lynne Selwood fought back and invented a spray that protects plants from them without damaging the environment.

  • Habitat loss hits the birds of South East Australia

    Open Forum     |      September 4, 2019

    New research has found that habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, and south-eastern Australia has been the region worst affected.

  • Saving vines from bushfire smoke

    Stuart Winthrope     |      September 1, 2019

    Wine vintages can be ruined by smoke contamination from nearby bushfires, but new digital agriculture tools could help both large and small winemakers reduce the damage.

  • “Tough corals” offer hope for Australia’s mangroves

    Open Forum     |      September 1, 2019

    Scientists say that newly discovered ‘tough corals” must be protected to preserve fragile mangrove habitats threatened by climate change.

  • Protecting our last native grasslands

    Mike Letnic     |      August 1, 2019

    The Monaro grasslands are a tiny surviving fraction of the native grasslands that once grew across the Southern Tablelands, but even these are now threatened by farmers.

  • Backyard scientists called up for possum patrol

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2019

    Australia has 27 types of possums and gliders, but almost a quarter are threatened and many more are declining. Researchers from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub are calling on the community to be backyard scientists and record sightings in a new, free app.

  • A woody meadow blooms in the heart of the city

    Claire Bolge     |      July 25, 2019

    A unique research project by the Universities of Melbourne and Sheffield aims to grow urban meadows that are as tough as they are beautiful.

  • Bugs v mosquitoes

    Ary Hoffmann     |      July 21, 2019

    The Wolbachia bacteria has successfully suppressed dengue-fever carrying mosquitoes in a trial, but more work is needed to understand how the insects move to infest new areas.

  • Future proofing our health system one young doctor at a time

    Georgia Behrens     |      July 17, 2019

    The effects of climate change on people’s health will pose a new challenge to the next generation of doctors.

  • Planting trees to save the planet

    Mark Maslin     |      July 8, 2019

    Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale may be the best climate change solution available. Covering 900m hectares of land with trees could store up to two thirds of the carbon that humans have released into the atmosphere.