Who is the new ally for a threatened species, extinct in its southern range? Dr Kerensa McElroy explains to us the value of new DNA technologies for species conservation. In a new crowdfunded collaboration with the Hawkesbury Institute, Kerensa is using genomics to understand how to protect the black-throated finch and resurrect its population in New South Wales, Australia.
How do trees and microbes integrate to maximise productivity? Dr Francis Martin from France’s INRA (Europe’s top agricultural research institute) explains “ecosystem” and how his research institute uses this concept in their business model with the industry and society to maximise their productivity!
Bushfires, or wildfires, are something that citizens of dry places such as Australia and California have to live with every summer. Dr Hamish Clarke explains.
Dr Markus Nolf explains how trees deal with the stress of drought and avoid embolisms (I had no idea trees had them, but they do!).
Welcome to the second season of Science in a Cup. In this first episode, our host, Alexie, is giving us his take on the word ‘science’!
Dr Yalin Liao has joined us from the Australian National University with a story about one of the most basic techniques is Life Sciences, Western (blotting).
Dr Kay Anantanawat from the Murdoch University and Western Sydney University introduces how fruit flies (such as the pest Queensland fruit fly) perceive and cope with (environmental) stress.
Boost your science knowledge with a Science in a Cup: In just a few minutes, HDR candidate Johanna Wong explains how plants and microbes communicate and how she is deciphering their vocabulary!
Deane Woruba from the Western Sydney University introduces the concept of probiotics, fitness, microbiomes and how his PhD research is helping farmers manage a terrible insect pest (Tephritid fruit flies such as the Queensland fruit fly).
Dr Thomas Jeffries from the Western Sydney University introduces the concept of metagenomics, microbiomes and how such research can help understanding human health and climate change.