Scientists in the news this week: May 8, 2020
University of Adelaide researchers investigating our 'ancient world' featured prominently in the news this week. Here’s your weekly round-up of our scientists in the news.
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Agriculture, food and wine
Australian Distilling Co picked up multiple accolades in the 2020 World Spirits Awards in Austria*. You might be more familiar with the name ‘Adelaide Gin’ which was distilled at Waite campus by Adjunct Associate Professor Graham Jones and Michael Hickinbotham (pictured).
Waite Research Institute Deputy Director Associate Professor Matthew Tucker talks to ABC Radio on ‘Country Hour’ about the lifting of the ban on growing Genetically Modified food crops in South Australia. (Jump to the 34-minute mark)
Professor Dabing Zhang led the collaborative study between University of Adelaide and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China which discovered two proteins in rice involved in pollen aperture formation, this is vital in the successful pollination of flowering plants. This was picked up by Scimex and Phys.Org.
Ongoing coverage of 'tequila' powered biofuels being more efficient than corn or sugar, featuring PhD graduate Kendall Corbin, who was supervised by Professor Rachel Burton.
Continuing coverage of the new French barley variety ‘Laperouse’ featuring Amanda Box, this week in print publications The Stock Journal and The Land.
Animal and veterinary sciences
Eureka Alert features the new technique that delivers complete DNA sequences of chromosomes inherited from mother and father, with Dr Lloyd Low, Professor John Williams and Professor Stefan Hiendleder.
PhD student Tiah Bampton (pictured) spoke to ABC news about leading a new dig at South Australia's World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.
Image courtesy ABC South East SA - Isadora Bogle
Science Daily, Scimex and Phys.Org feature research by Associate Professor Bastien Llamas who was a co-author of a global project to sketch the first ever large-scale genomic portrait of Ancient pre-Columbian Andean civilisations.
The National Tribune and Mirage News feature Dr Jenny Mortimer’s appointment as a new Associate Professor of Plant Synthetic Biology. Read the original story on the Faculty of Sciences news blog.
Following last week’s coverage of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish migration starting in Whyalla, discussion in the media has circled around the fishing ban lifted in Upper Spencer Gulf. Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is an expert on these cuttlefish and gives an opinion on the lifted ban to ABC news.
The announcement of the appointment of Carl Spandler as the new Associate Professor in Critical Minerals made headlines in the Mirage News.
US-based scientist Waltraud (Trudy) Kriven recently accepted an invitation to be a member of the European Union Academy of Sciences (EUAS).
Professor Kriven completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1976 in the field of solid state chemistry; after completing BSc. (Hons) and Baccalaureate degrees in physical and inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry.
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