Land Conservation

Human induced habitat fragmentation contributes to the extinction threat for many mammalian species, of which 27% are at risk. UQ researcher Dr Moreno Di Marco warns that “the more 'connected' we become, non-human life becomes increasingly disconnected, at their peril.” The research, which presents satellite mapping of habitat loss (as shown in the featured image),... Continue Reading →

Turtles

A study comprising researchers from UQ’s School of Veterinary Science has found that elevated concentrations of industrial & agricultural chemicals in the blood of Great Barrier Reef turtles are causing inflammation & liver dysfunction in coastal populations. Researchers found that green turtles had cobalt levels in their blood four to 25 times higher than the undisturbed... Continue Reading →

Venom

In 2017, UQ’s venom expert from the School of Biological Sciences, A/Prof. Bryan Fry, has undergone research into toxin evolution within a range of predators, including brown and tiger snakes, cobras and Komodo dragons. The significance of venom research includes healthcare advances with the production of vital antivenoms & anti-blood clotting drugs. Different snake populations,... Continue Reading →

Drug Design

Rational drug design – elucidating a pathogen or disease pathway and specifically designing a drug towards the target – is now a common pharmaceutical tool and has been used by UQ researchers to develop innovative drugs toward fungal infections & autoimmune diseases.   Students undertaking an undergraduate microbiology course at UQ (MICR3003) have found themselves... Continue Reading →

Christmas

Would you add in vitro (or laboratory grown) meat to your Christmas day BBQ? UQ researchers outline current research into the pros and cons, as well as US public perception, of what looks to be the future of sustainable and ethically sourced animal products. Review of research into in vitro meat, led by UQ's Centre... Continue Reading →

Food Technology

Spurred on by the launch of a new $1M Food Science Innovation Precinct, UQ researchers are offering up innovations in cheesemaking on a platter, explaining the regulation of an essential enzyme within the cheese culturing bacterium Lactococcus lactis. Find out how this improves the efficiency of the $1B Australian cheese industry here.   How essential... Continue Reading →

Coral Conservation

UQ researchers are at the vanguard of Great Barrier Reef conservation efforts, with research into innovative culling strategies for the devastating Crown-of-Thorns starfish. While reducing the frequency and severity of damaging storms (48% cause of coral cover decline), and rises in global ocean temperatures (10%) are critical long-term climate change remediation strategies that contribute to... Continue Reading →

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