Scientists in the news this week: May 15, 2020

From birds and bats; to geologists and seed terminator machines... here’s your week of University of Adelaide scientists in the news.


Agriculture, food and wine

Associate Professor Gurjeet Gill is facilitating the ‘Managing Brome in Canola’ trial which is assessing the options we have to manage brome once it becomes resistant to Group B herbicides. This research is featured in Sea Lake & Whycheproof Times Ensign and Buloke Times.

PhD student David Brunton from the Weed Science Research Group features in articles by The Flinders News and Barossa Herald on seed terminator machines.

Continuing coverage of Dr Maarten Ryder’s advice about inoculating legumes in Farm Weekly.

Grey-headed flying fox - Credit: Craig Greer

Grey-headed flying fox by Craig Greer

Animal and veterinary sciences

Dr Wayne Boardman discusses the findings that the Grey-headed flying fox population in South Australia have been exposed to zoonotic viruses in Science Daily and Bright Surf.

Nine Radio featured animal behaviour expert Dr Susan Hazel educating listeners with some fun facts about dogs.

Dr Lloyd Low, Professor John Williams and Professor Stefan Hiendleder's new technique that delivers complete DNA sequences of chromosomes inherited from mother and father, featured in the news again this week via Science Daily and Forensic Mag.


Biological sciences

Scimex, which features breaking sciences news, covered Associate Professor Phill Cassey, Talia Wittmann, Adam Toomes and Dr Oliver Stringham's release of fact sheets that aim to improve public awareness and responsiveness to the illegal wildlife trade.

Dr Kieren Mitchell was a part of a University collaboration which used DNA analysis to resolve the evolutionary origins and dispersion of the Australian frogmouth species of bird, as reported in

Associate Professor David Paton talks on ABC Radio Adelaide about the Murray-Darling Basin freshwater-saltwater debate.

Ongoing coverage of Associate Professor Bastien Llamas, co-author of the worldwide project to sketch the first ever large-scale genomic portrait of Ancient pre-Columbian Andean civilisations, this week in The National Tribune, Mirage News, and Australia’s Science Channel.

Palaeontologist and PhD student Tiah Bampton continues to get coverage with a feature on Radio National regarding leading a new dig at South Australia's World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.


NExUS alumni beach

The University of Adelaide-led National Exploration Undercover School featured in the Herald Sun.

Physical sciences

The Herald Sun featured universities and the mining industry working closely together. In particular, the University of Adelaide was highlighted showing participants of the National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) initiative, led by Dr Richard Lilly of the Department of Earth Sciences.

Huy Tuong Cao has led a team of researchers in developing a new type of deformable mirror that is poised to improve the sensitivity of ground-based gravitational wave detectors, learn more about this ground-breaking research on the feature in Infosurhoy.


Students and alumni

Agricultural science student and Rural Bank scholarship recipient Sabrina Lawrence featured on ABC Radio and in a Murray Pioneer newspaper article about her studies and her passion for cereal cropping and livestock production.

Wine alumni Brett Grocke and Penny Jones feature in respective stories in Halliday magazine.

Sixth-generation Barossan vigneron/winemaker Brett graduated from a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture in 2000. Penny from Bay of Fires wines in Tasmania is a graduate of our Bachelor of Agricultural Science.


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