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Life and environmental sciences

28 July 2021

Earth's vital signs worsen amid 'business as usual' climate policy

Since a global declaration of a climate emergency by more than 11,000 scientists, our planet's health hasn't improved. Dr Thomas Newsome says Australia's megafires are just one feature of a problem that hasn't gone away.
08 July 2021

Leading biologists publish review of SARS-CoV-2 origin evidence

Amid debate around the origins of SARS-CoV-2, leading global biologists have reviewed the scientific evidence to help clarify the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
02 July 2021

Soil, carbon sequestration and the fight against climate change

The fight against climate change has never been more important. Professor Budiman Minasny is exploring how soil can be a sustainable and potentially powerful tool to combat the effects of global warming.

10 June 2021

Sydney scientists take home Young Tall Poppy Awards

Outstanding contributions in the fields of biomedical engineering, conservation science and synthetic chemistry have led to three researchers from the University of Sydney being named 2021 Young Tall Poppy Science Award winners.
10 June 2021

Health benefits of low protein-high carbohydrate diets depend on carb type

In a pre-clinical study that helps settle the debate on the pros and cons of carbs, Australian researchers have found the quality and type of carbohydrates eaten in combination with reduced protein levels severely impacts health outcomes.
02 June 2021

Gained weight after losing it? This could be the culprit

Consuming foods like soft white bread and jasmine rice lead to greater weight gain after weight loss, new research suggests. Such foods can also raise blood glucose levels, increasing the likelihood of type 2 diabetes.
21 May 2021

University launches ARC DARE Centre

Bringing together industry and government, as well as data scientists, geoscientists, hydrologists, and ecologists from across Australia, DARE is the first cohort-based data science PhD training program in Australia.
13 May 2021

Wheat rust research centenary: science for sustainable prosperity

The wheat rust research program is emblematic of the University's mission to contribute to national and global sustainable development. Led by Professor Robert Park, the Cereal Rust Program is ready for the genetic challenges of the 21st century.
04 May 2021

Revealed: the fungus attacking Australian native plants

The invasive fungus myrtle rust has been attacking native plants, driving some to the brink of extinction. Dr Peri Tobias and her team hope that sequencing the entire genome can help the plants fight back.
08 April 2021

Rethinking pest management to protect native speciesĀ 

Australian native species might seem overrun by feral invaders, but Professor Peter Banks has an ingenious idea that could bring the odds back in their favour.