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Researchers to investigate drought-tolerant vines

Wine researchers at the University of Adelaide are investigating drought-tolerant grape varieties from Cyprus for their suitability for Australian conditions. The Cypriot varieties Xynisteri (white) and Maratheftiko (red) have just been released from Australian quarantine and are being propagated at the University’s Waite campus before ... 15-Jul-2019 more

Gut health key to effective biomedical research

JCU scientists say biomedical researchers should reconsider their research models to improve the translation of new drugs into humans.  In the Nature Scientific Reports journal, JCU’s Professor Geoffrey Dobson, Dr Hayley Letson, Dr Erik Biros and Dr Jodie Morris from the College of Medicine and Dentistry, report that changing the ... 15-Jul-2019 more

JCU exports its marine expertise to the United Arab Emirates

James Cook University is sharing its world-class expertise and innovation with the United Arab Emirates, to address challenges such as food security that are confronting marginal environments. The partnership will see the University provide expert assistance to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to develop its Marine Innovation ... 15-Jul-2019 more

Early Egypt through the eyes of Australians

Seen through the eyes of Australians en route to the First World War, Egyptian Images from Australia shows Egypt as it was one hundred years ago. “In capturing new experiences amateur photographers inadvertently documented Egyptian urban and rural environments that have disappeared or changed over time,” says exhibition curator ... 10-Jul-2019 more

Turning to midwives could reduce rising C-section rate

Midwife-led care could be key to reducing an increasing number of avoidable caesarean births, according to a new joint study from James Cook University and Deakin University. The first-of-its-kind systematic review, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, evaluated international research on ways to reduce caesarean ... 10-Jul-2019 more

New degree for emerging veterinary skills gap

The University of Adelaide is introducing a new degree program to fill an emerging niche in the veterinary sciences sector. The three-year Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University’s Roseworthy campus will train “paraveterinary” health care specialists in advanced technologies used in animal health, in high-level ... 10-Jul-2019 more

World-first tool to assess climate risks in World Heritage areas

James Cook University researchers have developed a tool to rapidly assess climate risks to World Heritage properties as more of the planet faces threats from climate change.  Dr Scott Heron and PhD student Jon Day have developed the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI), filling a need for an assessment tool that can be applied to all types ... 10-Jul-2019 more

Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions. Published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers showed that the genetics of an individual cow strongly influenced the make-up of the microorganisms in its rumen (the first stomach in the digestive system of ruminant ... 05-Jul-2019 more

Grandparents raising kids need more support

A James Cook University study of the challenges grandparents face when acting as carers of their grandchildren has found they are in dire need of more support, and they are not seen as key to decisions made about their grandchildren. JCU’s Associate Professor Susan Gair said her new study showed grandparents are increasingly involved ... 05-Jul-2019 more

Global and national slow down affecting SA economy

In their latest Economic Briefing Report University of Adelaide economists from the SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) are predicting that South Australia’s economic performance will continue to be affected by slowdowns round the country and overseas, as well as weakening employment growth and household spending. “The global ... 03-Jul-2019 more

Mapping the future of aquaculture

Media invite to the Northern Australia Aquaculture Industry Situational Analysis meeting. What: Representatives from groups planning the future of aquaculture in northern Australia – JCU’s Professor Dean Jerry and conference delegates. When: 10.40am sharp, Wednesday July 3, JCU Townsville Campus Where: JCU ... 03-Jul-2019 more

Kangaroo Island koalas may save the koala species

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island koalas have been found to be free from the disease that is threatening koala populations around Australia, particularly in Australia’s north-east where populations are declining dramatically. Scientists led by the University of Adelaide have discovered that, unlike every other large population in ... 03-Jul-2019 more