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Cytogenetics in the genomics era

The Institute for Applied Ecology and the University of Canberra recently hosted 18 eminent researchers from the field of cytogenetics, genomics, environmental science and behavioral ecology. Leading researchers from around the world came together to identify where and how a combined cytogenetic and genomics approach will lead to major breakthroughs.

The workshop was organized by Professor Tariq Ezaz and Associate Professor Janine Deakin, and also marked the start of the organization of 6th Asia Pacific Chromosome Colloquium and Genetics Society

IAE Professor Peter Bridgewater helps secure Isle of Man UNESCO Biosphere Reserve listing

The Isle of Man boasts a spectacularly landscape and robust economy. In recognition of the balance played between the natural environment, the communities that live there and the economy, the island has recently been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The IAE’s Professor Perter Bridgewater played an important role in the nomination and award of this prestigious title, and we talked to him about the Isle of Man’s nomination, and how Australia could also benefit from further Biosphere Reserve listings.


The homeless earless dragon?

The grassland earless dragon (Tympanocyrptis pinguicolla) is a small and feisty lizard. If only it was more like its ‘dragon’ namesake perhaps the battle to preserve habitat would be successful. As it stands, the earless dragon has suffered a large decline in population size and range due to development of its grassland habitat. Once found in large numbers across the landscape, this reptile is currently restricted to just three small areas. Scientists at the IAE are studying their genetics to