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National fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

February 21, 2014

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Key role for La Trobe in new Government Research Centres of Excellence The Federal Government has awarded $8m to three La Trobe University scientists for leading-edge research into next-generation immunological and plant-based therapies for cancer and other diseases. Research groups led by physicists Dr Brian Abbey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent, and by […]

Call for new approach to combat animal hoarding

February 18, 2014

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Animal hoarding in Australia is a tragedy for the animals involved, with more than 70 per cent of rescued animals having to be euthanised. It is also a significant welfare issue for hoarders, many of whom have serious mental health problems – and can impact on neighbours and the wider community. A new study, the first […]

Developing ‘sniffer’ bugs and pig face to save our soils

December 4, 2013

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In our increasingly industrialised world good farmland is fast becoming a limited resource.  To help remedy that, La Trobe scientists are harnessing two of nature’s most common life forms – bacteria and plants – to track down toxic contamination and clean up the soils we have polluted. Lara Bereza-Malcolm is training harmless bacteria as ‘sniffer […]

Award for key role in crop science industry collaboration

November 27, 2013

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Dr Yolanda Gaspar, from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), has won the prestigious 2013 CropLife President’s award for her contribution to Australia’s $1.5 billion plant science industry. The award was presented at the 2013 CropLife National Members’ Forum at the Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 21 November. CropLife is an industry body […]

Quest to beat $3billion global liver fluke threat

July 11, 2013

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La Trobe University is leading a quarter of a million dollar research project to develop a vaccine against liver fluke as the troubling parasite that causes the disease develops resistance to existing drugs. Liver fluke is endemic, mainly in sheep and cattle pastures in southeastern Australia. It also affects pigs, goats, alpacas and deer, as […]

La Trobe quadruples ARC Linkage grant success

July 1, 2013

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La Trobe University research into major areas of national concern in agriculture, public health, disability, multiculturalism and sport has received $2.57 million in collaborative R&D funding under the Government’s Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Keith Nugent, said this was the University’s best  outcome under the scheme in three years. It represented […]

New test to protect apple & pear industries goes global

April 10, 2013

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An award-winning La Trobe University scientist has developed a new world-class test for the major horticultural disease fire blight. The work, undertaken by Rachel Mann, has been adopted across the world and is set to revolutionise global screening procedures in the war against this devastating disease that threatens apple and pear industries in Australia. Ms […]