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Cluster map showing the regions of the cyanide-releasing chemicals in the tips of germinating Sorghum.

World-first discovery opens the way for ‘green lasers’ to probe plant leaves

International research driven by a Monash biologist has culminated in a ground-breaking method using ‘green lasers’ to examine the most intricate parts of plant leaves.

Biology 10 February, 2018
Wildlife in Antarctica

Celebrating 60 years of Antarctic Science

This week the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration. Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of

Biology 5 February, 2018
Yellow canary

Health benefits of carotenoids questionable to birds, study finds

An international study led by a Monash biologist has challenged the long-held view that carotenoids are beneficial to health.

Biology 5 February, 2018
Madeleine de Jong

Biological Sciences PhD candidate wins top Monash scholarship award

Congratulations to School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate Madeleine de Jong who has won one of two Sir James McNeill Postgraduate Research Scholarships awarded by Monash University in 2018.

Science 1 February, 2018
Common Myna

New tool to tackle biological invasions

A Monash researcher has played a key role in developing the world’s first register designed to collate information about invasive species as part of an international effort to prevent biological invasions.

Biology 24 January, 2018
The hypsilophodont dinosaur. Credit: Dr Peter Trusler

Fossil bone tissue provides new insights into the lives of Australia’s polar dinosaurs

Research involving two Monash palaeontologists has produced the first life history reconstructions of the small plant-eating dinosaurs from Victoria, Australia.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 19 January, 2018
Mitochondria

Monash researchers develop new model to better understand ‘Mother’s curse’

Mitochondrial genes are maternally inherited, and as a consequence, they do not respond to natural selection in males. Mutations that harm males, but are less harmful or are even beneficial to females, can therefore

Biology 17 January, 2018
Springtails, such as this neanurid species, play a key role in terrestrial ecosystems. Image: ChownLab, Monash University.

Major threats to soil ecosystems from a combination of invasive species and climate change

Soil ecosystems are critical for agriculture, biodiversity and human well-being. Poor soil health means a poor planetary outlook.

Biology 19 December, 2017