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Survey adds 30 new species to Antarctic marine life

February 19, 2014

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More than thirty new species of Antarctic marine life have been been discovered by a seven-nation scientific team that included La Trobe University Geneticist Dr Jan Strugnell.  The species, so far still unclassified, were found in the Amundsen Sea off Pine Island Bay, one of the least explored areas of the Southern Ocean. Dr Strugnell […]

Bob Brown: the personal and political

August 30, 2013

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Former Australian Greens leader Dr Bob Brown has been awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of the University (honoris causa), by La Trobe University for his commitment to environmental protection, human rights and social justice. The degree was conferred on Dr Brown by Chancellor, Professor Adrienne E Clarke AC and emphasised his substantial contribution to Australian […]

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 […]

$288m AgriBio centre opens on Melbourne campus

April 10, 2013

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Victoria’s new $288 million Centre for AgriBiosciences was officially unveiled in April on the University’s Melbourne campus. Opened by State Premier Denis Napthine and Vice-Chancellor John Dewar, the cutting-edge facility houses some 400 world-leading scientists. It is a joint venture between the Victorian Government and La Trobe University. ‘The work carried out at the AgriBio […]

New insect species found in Bundoora and Gippsland

March 25, 2013

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La Trobe University researcher Dr Martin Steinbauer and PhD student Mr Kevin Farnier have discovered two new species of native psyllid, tiny insects that feed on eucalyptus leaves. One of these species was found on River red gums growing on the La Trobe University Bundoora campus, and has been named Anoeconeossa bundoorensis in recognition of […]

Big surprise in giant squid research

March 20, 2013

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A new international study involving La Trobe University geneticist Dr Jan Strugnell has come up with a surprise finding: there may well be just one species of giant squid, rather than the 21 previously described species. ‘What we found was totally unexpected – the data suggests that the Giant Squid is likely to be one […]

La Trobe tops new global ‘green’ rankings

January 16, 2013

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La Trobe University has been ranked first in Australia – and 63rd internationally – in the latest Universitas Indonesia Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities. More than 215 universities from 49 countries took part in the survey, which is now in its third year.  The rankings compare the efforts made by universities towards campus sustainability and […]