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May 2014

  • 15 May 2014

    Spotlight on Parasites

    Video footage filmed using a microscope is bringing curious creatures to life as part of the South Australian Museum’s specialist research into parasites.

    Associate Professor Ian Whittington is part of an internationally renowned team at the Museum that studies parasites and helps industries deal with their impact. Associate Professor Whittington has used monogenean parasites, which principally infect fishes, as a model research system and has published around 150 papers on different elements of their infection, invasion and reproductive biology, ecology, biodiversity and control.

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  • 07 May 2014

    Ice Age in the Tropics: Bees Paint a Clearer Picture

    Scientists have uncovered some of the key impacts of the last Ice Age on tropical island ecosystems in the South West Pacific.

    Tropical bee species have proved to be effective markers of the effects of climate change, as shown by researchers at Flinders University and the South Australian Museum’s Senior Research Scientist Dr Mark Stevens.

    In a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Dr Stevens, Dr Mike Schwarz and PhD student Scott Groom from Flinders University, have shown that bee populations on the separate Pacific archipelagos (Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu) experienced similar evolutionary responses to the changing climate since the last Ice Age.

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