Image: The Black Sea. Image credit: Professor Kliti Grice.
23 October 2014

In a story reminiscent of a tomb raider’s discovery of ancient mummified remains in the Egyptian desert, new research supported by the ARC has unveiled the preservation of intact biological molecules and their fossilised counterparts, which date back to an ancient mass extinction event brought on by the warming of the Earth’s oceans.

Researchers have unearthed these intact biomarkers from a 380-million-year-old fossil, as part of a new molecular and stable isotopic based approach which can reconstruct the Earth’s ancient environments in unprecedented detail.

Image: (Left to Right) Shurlee Swain (Australian Catholic University), Helen Morgan (The University of Melbourne), Judith Smart (RMIT/The University of Melbourne). Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Australia.
23 October 2014

A new online encyclopedia celebrating the inspiring success stories from women in every walk of life is now available to the general public following a research project that brought together academics from a range of universities, museums and libraries.

The Encyclopedia of Women & Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia was launched in May at the National Library of Australia. The project that led to the delivery of this new resource was supported with funding from the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

Image: Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson with ARC CEO, Professor Aidan Byrne.
20 October 2014

Indigenous researcher, Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, has been a long-time strong advocate for the establishment of a dedicated collaborative Indigenous researchers’ network to provide vital support and build on existing research connections for Australian researchers and students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

This concept came to fruition last year with the opening of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which is funded through the ARC Special Research Initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network.

Image: Professor Fincher receiving his 2014 BA Stone Award from Professor Vincent Bulone, representing award sponsor, Megazyme. Image credit: Natalie Kibble, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls.
20 October 2014

Plant biologists from across the globe recently converged on Australia for the 5th International Conference on Plant Cell Wall Biology (PCWB2014).

This was the first time Australia has held the event and it was hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls.

Image:Dr Sandra Tanz in the lab. Image courtesy: Matt Galligan.
20 October 2014

One of the most significant challenges of the next 50 years is to feed the world’s burgeoning population. By 2050 the global population is expected to exceed 9 billion people and food production will need to increase by an estimated 70% in order to meet demand.

Once fertile and productive regions are becoming increasingly dry and arid, and eventually they may become unsuitable for agriculture. Scientists across the globe are working hard trying to find new ways to secure our food future.

Enhancing photosynthesis in plants is one possible way to boost yields in essential food crops and this is the focus of ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) recipient, Dr Sandra Tanz.

Image: Professor Kendall holding a nanopatch. Image credit: Kendall/D2G2 Group.
20 October 2014

Professor Mark Kendall, an inaugural ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland, is a pioneer in needle-free immunisation technology that promises to eliminate the need for needles and syringes for vaccine delivery.

Professor Kendall heads a team responsible for the development of the ‘Nanopatch’, a breakthrough technology that is a bit like a postage stamp that sticks on the skin and delivers a vaccine directly to the body’s immune system.