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2009-03-24 09:58:50

University of Adelaide researchers have shown they can predict the biggest population peaks of disease-carrying mosquitoes up to two months ahead. This should help the fight against outbreaks of serious mosquito-borne disease like dengue and Ross River fever by allowing efficient and cost-effective mosquito control, says ecologist Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw. "The risk of disease transmission is highest when mosquitoes are at their most abundant," says Associate Professor Bradshaw, who...

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2009-01-14 14:14:00

Adelaide researchers have made a world breakthrough in treating premature babies at risk of developmental disorders. A six-year study led by Dr Maria Makrides from the Women's & Children's Health Research Institute and Professor Bob Gibson from the University of Adelaide has demonstrated that high doses of fatty acids administered to pre-term infants via their mother's breast milk or infant formula can help their mental development. The findings were published today in the Journal of the...

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2009-01-12 10:27:50

A treasure trove of information about pre-human New Zealand has been found in feces from giant extinct birds, buried beneath the floor of caves and rock shelters for thousands of years. A team of ancient DNA and palaeontology researchers from the University of Adelaide, University of Otago and the NZ Department of Conservation have published their analyses of plant seeds, leaf fragments and DNA from the dried feces (coprolites) to start building the first detailed picture of an ecosystem...

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2008-11-18 14:42:58

The earliest evidence of people living together as a family was found in a 4,600-year-old grave in Germany containing the remains of two adults and their children. Researchers said on Monday the discovery provides the earliest evidence that even prehistoric tribes attached importance to the family unit. DNA analysis and other techniques were used to determine that the group buried facing each other -- an unusual practice in Neolithic culture -- consisted of a mother, father and their two sons...

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2008-06-25 14:05:00

A major review by University of Adelaide researchers shows that the world is losing the battle over tropical habitat loss with potentially disastrous implications for biodiversity and human well-being. Published online today in the Ecological Society of America's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the review concludes we are "on a trajectory towards disaster" and calls for an immediate global, multi-pronged conservation approach to avert the worst outcomes. Lead author...

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2008-06-18 10:10:00

One of Australia's leading environmentalists will spearhead a world-class project to help revegetate the Mount Lofty Ranges, to stave off the effects of climate change and halt the loss of bird, animal and plant species. Associate Professor David Paton AM from the University of Adelaide will lead a multi-million-dollar program that aims to: help re-establish native vegetation to 30% of the Mt Lofty region "“ an unprecedented scale globally; prevent the loss of native flora and fauna;...

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2008-06-13 09:55:00

A new ecological study led by a University of Adelaide researcher should help identify species prone to extinction under environmental change, and species that are likely to become a pest.The study, the first of its kind, was published this week online in the British Ecological Society's prestigious Journal of Ecology."This study provides good evidence that we can take any group of species and predict how individual species will respond to changes in the environment through events such as...

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2008-05-12 14:15:00

Why women only? The mystery deepensA mutated gene has been discovered as the key behind epilepsy and mental retardation specific to women, thanks to new research at Adelaide's Women's & Children's Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia.The world-first discovery, published today in Nature Genetics, shows that although men carry the "Ëœbad' gene, only women are affected.The research has been led by Dr Leanne Dibbens and Associate Professor Jozef Gecz from the...

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2008-04-04 07:55:00

New studies at the University of Adelaide will delve into some of the crucial issues surrounding death by brain tumors and stroke.The research, to be conducted in the joint University of Adelaide/IMVS Centre for Neurological Diseases, will aim to find links between chemical signals in the brain and the reasons why brain tumors or strokes become fatal."There are still many mysteries around how the brain works, and this new research will help to unlock key elements we believe are involved in...

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2008-02-18 09:04:58

Researchers at Adelaide's Women's & Children's Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia, have made a world-first discovery that links viral infection with high blood pressure during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The research findings, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, are a major step forward in unravelling the mystery of the cause of high blood pressure in pregnancy. The research has been conducted by the South Australian Cerebral Palsy Research...


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