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Genetic fragmentation of mountain pygmy possum populations caused by the Victorian Great Alpine Road

10 Jan 2014

The endangered mountain pygmy possum is restricted to three sub-alpine regions of Australia and is known as Australia’s only species that hibernates under a cover of snow. Intuitively, some might therefore think that the most likely key threatening process for the endangered mountain pygmy possum is climate change; however, research...

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New genetic strategy to improve the success of reintroducing critically endangered wallaby into the wild

03 Dec 2012

cesar’s Dr Andrew Weeks has had the pleasure of assisting to release a number of brush-tailed rock wallabies back into the wild. Fifteen individuals of this critically endangered species were released over two occasions in November 2012 at Moora Moora Creek in the Grampians National Park as part of the...

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A new mammal extinction crisis - what can be done?

30 Nov 2012

On the 17th November 2012 The Age newspaper reprinted an extract from an essay by Professor Tim Flannery - After the Future: Australia's New Extinction Crisis.

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Footage of Mt Rothwell's endangered native grassland ecosystem

10 Sep 2012

As part of of the documentary series 'Secrets of our Living Planet', BBC presenter Chris Packham gets up close to an endangered native grassland ecosystem that is protected at Mt Rothwell, Victoria. The footage features:

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Endangered Tiger Quoll presence confirmed in The Otways, Victoria

21 Aug 2012

The Genetic Insights team at cesar has confirmed that scat (that’s poo to most of us) found in the Bellarine Peninsular and Great Otway National Park is that of the rare Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), also known as a Tiger Quoll.

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What is genetic translocation? How did it work for the mountain pygmy possum?

30 Jul 2012

A video targeted at children does a great job at outlining the concept of genetic translocation and how it worked for the mountain pygmy possum. The video was compiled by ABC's "behind the news", 1 May 2012 - press play below.

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ABC's Catalyst investigates the mountain pygmy possum

23 Apr 2012

Last week the humble little Australian mountain pygmy-possum was taken from the boulder fields of Victoria’s alpine region and into the lounge rooms of ABC’s Catalyst audiences. If you missed the show, you can still view the 6 minute story via Catalyst's website.

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genetics to play key role in managing virus affected blacklip abalone populations

29 Feb 2012

Abalone is a valuable export commodity in Australia supporting a commercial fishery worth approximately $250 million per annum. The blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra, is the primary target species of the fishery with a distribution extending along the southern coastline of Australia from Western Australia to New South Wales, including Tasmania.

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cesar undertake new wild translocation of the endangered mountain pygmy possum

03 Oct 2011

The Australian mountain pygmy possum population on Mt Buller has suffered one of the most drastic declines in numbers and genetic diversity ever documented for a mammal. Over the last two years, cesar have been leading a research team aiming to genetically rescue this highly unique population.

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Ant super-colonies threaten the Christmas Island red crab

02 Sep 2011

Yellow crazy ants – an invasive species from Africa - are wiping out millions of Christmas Island red crabs. As a result, numbers of this very important species appear to be declining. To aid in their management and long-term survival cesar is currently undertaking a population genetic study to:

Australia’s Orange Bellied Parrot is Flying Close to Extinction

01 Aug 2011

With an estimated 50 individuals left in the wild, the orange-bellied parrot is considered one of the worlds rarest and most endangered species. In conjunction with Melbourne Water, cesar is supporting conservation efforts by advising on the genetic management of this critically endangered species.

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Genetics to provide insight into endangered Barred Galaxias

30 Mar 2011

The Barred Galaxias, a native Australian fish endemic to Victoria, has declined dramatically over the last 100 years, with populations now only found in a small upland area of central Victoria. To compound the drop in numbers, these fish are also at risk of stochastic events such as the 2009...