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

30 Jul 2012 | Filed under genetic insights

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.

ABC's Catalyst investigates the mountain pygmy possum

23 Apr 2012 | Filed under wildlife ecology, genetic insights, company announcements

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.

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

29 Feb 2012 | Filed under genetic insights

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.

cesar undertake new wild translocation of the endangered mountain pygmy possum

03 Oct 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology, genetic insights

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.

Ant super-colonies threaten the Christmas Island red crab

02 Sep 2011 | Filed under genetic insights

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: