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Coffee Culture in a Cultural Landscape in Colombia

Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater spent a week in Late May in Pereira, Colombia, as a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Task Force on Indigenous and Local knowledge (ILK).  The meeting was hosted by the Humboldt Institute of Colombia, and planned how the Participatory Mechanism will be made operational.  This Participatory Mechanism was agreed at the IPBES Plenary in March, and is a web-based mechanism to try and involve Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to


Shining new light on old fossils

By Marcus Butler

New imaging techniques developed by a University of Canberra researcher could lead to greater discoveries in fossil collections around the world.

Michael Frese is a molecular virologist by training but he has been hunting fossils for years, spending days at a time on digs in remote locations and working with other scientists on insect, plant and fish fossils.

Dr Frese knows how difficult it can be to see the finer details in the prehistoric plants and animals he


Disentangling epigenetics and sex determination

For the first time researchers show how environmental temperature is converted into an epigenetic signal that might control sex determination in reptiles.

The bearded dragon has an exceptional sex determination system. Not only do dragons have sex-chromosomes, but they also exhibit male-to-female sex-reversal when embryos are incubated at high temperatures. A study led by IAE Adjunct Dr Clare Holleley and Ira Deveson, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, on the Australian Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) identified transcriptional signatures