Scientists in the news this week: May 1, 2020

University of Adelaide environment and agriculture experts featured prominently in the media this week. Here’s your weekly round-up of our scientists in the news.

*Indicates 'subscriber only' articles


CT scan wheat

Agriculture, food and wine

Drs Jessica Schmidt and Delphine Fleury (pictured) continue to gain media attention for their development of a CT scanning method to screen large samples of wheat testing for drought and heat tolerance - this week in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times.

Amanda Box spoke to Farm Weekly and The Weekly Times* about the new French barley variety trialled in SA that has higher straw strength and yield potential. This was also picked up online by other channels including SeedQuest

NutraIngredients Asia ran an article on Professor Vincent Bulone's major project to turn starch protein in unwanted potatoes into high-value products. 

The National Tribune featured Dr Maarten Ryder’s top ten dos and dont’s for growers inoculating legumes. 

The North Queensland Register published an article about University of Adelaide-bred Leabrook barley. 

@AuManufacturing reports that advanced materials business Archer Materials has released photographs of its first-phase prototype graphene biosensor technology built at the University of Adelaide ARC Graphene Hub.


Chicken laying

Animal and veterinary sciences

The Stock Journal and ABC radio featured Associate Professor Kapil Chousalkar’s newly-funded project about improving the effectiveness of Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine in poultry.


Biological sciences

The giant cuttlefish migration has begun in Whyalla. The ABC television and radio coverage included interviews with Professor Bronwyn Gillanders.

Image: Cuttlefish breeding map - Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Larger image

Professor Michelle Waycott is leading the battle to help save Coorong bird life by using satellites to track floating algae. This story featured on ABC Radio and online via Indaily and the Department of Environment and Water.

Dr Alice Jones discusses blue carbon ecosystems in an interview with Water Source, the news platform of the Australian Water Association.

Ongoing coverage of the new $36 million ‘Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future’ program involving Associate Professor Phill Cassey.

Professor Kristofer Helgen has been appointed the new director and Chief Scientist of the Australian Museum Research Institute.

Professor Ivan Nagelkerken and his team’s research has been featured in a New York Times article which covers how climate change is changing how nature sounds.


Wine Alumni Network

Students and alumni

Oenology graduate Cath Oates has been appointed as acting chair of Wine Australia, reported in the Busselton Dunsborough Mail in Western Australia.

Bachelor of Science and Teaching double degree student Olivia Keatch featured in The Advertiser and online about how students were helping teachers adapt to technology in the classroom*.

A Barossa Herald article mentions wildlife conservation biology graduate David Harrison’s involvement in helping save the Granite Island penguins.


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