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Fungal-molecule-Coprogen

Discovery of how molecular ‘piracy’ works provides new strategies to combat bacterial infection

New research from Monash University explains the molecular mechanisms that allow bacteria to engage in ‘molecular piracy’, stealing iron atoms from their fungal competitors.

Biology 5 April, 2019
Researchers discover microbes take advantage of carbon monoxide

Toxic for most, an energy source for others – researchers discover microbes take advantage of carbon monoxide

A trans-Tasman research team led by Monash biologists has shown that dominant bacteria within extreme environments prolong their survival by breaking down the components of air.

Biology 5 April, 2019
Invasive species

Global register aims to curtail the spread of invasive species

Four decades ago, a small black and yellow wasp skipped across the equator from its native Europe and into Tasmania. Or did it?

Biology 3 April, 2019
a mice and an elephant

Of mice and elephants, Monash scientists shed new insights into physiological evolution

It is a question that scientists have been trying to resolve for centuries, but might it be due to evolutionary chance?

Biology 19 March, 2019
beaches clean our oceans

World-first research shows how beaches clean our oceans

They are invisible to the human eye, but they are there – millions of microbes in our beaches, breaking down the rubbish in our waters.

Science 12 March, 2019
Tropical butterfly

Scientists develop new framework for global species monitoring

An international study involving a Monash biologist has outlined a much-needed framework to significantly improve the monitoring of status and trends of species worldwide. This finding comes after a multi-year

Biology 12 March, 2019
Rainfall and temperature predicts bird colouration

Rainfall and temperature predicts bird colouration, study finds

An international study led by a Monash ornithologist has found variation in rainfall and temperature can affect the colours of birds. The study provides a new framework that can be used to understand how future changes in climate will affect

Biology 19 February, 2019
A male purple-crowned fair-wren

Monash scientists discover key to predicting fitness of birds

An international study led by Monash biologists has found that the length of a baby bird's telomeres, the DNA caps that protect chromosomes, can predict its future fitness.

Biology 12 February, 2019
Dr Fernando Gordillo Altamirano

Doctor calls on medical profession to consider using phage therapy to tackle antibiotic resistance

Phage therapy – the therapeutic use of viruses that infect and kill bacteria - is proving to be more than just an alternative to antibiotics.

Biology 17 January, 2019