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A genetic rescue of the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum at Mt Buller

16 Jun 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

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. cesar is leading a team responsible for conducting Australia’s first ever genetic rescue of a wild native species population through a wild translocation.

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Genetics to provide insight into endangered Barred Galaxias

30 Mar 2011 | Filed under genetic insights

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...

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End of the drought for our parched platypuses

10 Feb 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

Melbourne hit above average rainfall in 2010 for the first time in 13 years and with relatively high platypus catch rates it appears that our local platypuses are happy about it! As part of the Melbourne Water Urban Platypus Program, cesar implemented a series of platypus surveys during Spring 2010...

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A decline in population numbers for the evasive platypus

01 Jan 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

Fifteen years of platypus surveys has indicated an overall decline in platypus numbers in many locations throughout greater Melbourne. cesar has conducted intensive biannual platypus surveys and collated catch rates from other historical surveys dating back to 1995.

Insecticide resistance in green peach aphids across southern Australia

| Filed under sustainable agriculture

Widespread infestations of green peach aphids (GPA) (Myzus persicae) during autumn and winter have contributed to an outbreak of beet western yellow virus (BWYV) in southern Australia. Canola crops across the lower and mid north regions of South Australia, western Victoria and some parts of NSW have been severely affected...