Research achievements at Flinders University

Recent research achievements at Flinders University

Flinders researcher discovers ancestor of biggest bird ever

A newly discovered distant relative of the duck has just been hailed as an ancestor of the biggest bird the world has ever known by a group of Australian palaeontologists.

They say Dromornis murrayi, which at 250kg was originally the 'baby' of the ancient 'Mihirung' family of Dromornis giant birds, eventually evolved into the world's biggest bird, D. stirtoni, before going extinct.

Dr Trevor Worthy from Flinders University led the team of palaeontologists from Flinders University and University of New South Wales who made the discovery.

Read more about the biggest bird discovery. (Picture credit, Brian Choo).

Waking up to the causes of Australia's $36bn bad sleep bill

Millions of Aussies are sleep walking into an increasingly unproductive - and even dangerous - future because of an epidemic of poor sleep habits and undiagnosed cases of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), insomnia or shiftwork disorder.

Professor McEvoy, who leads the Personalised Sleep Health Care theme within the Alertness CRC, says he and his team are looking to develop novel 'phenotyping toolkits' to be used by clinicians to improve treatment for the two most prevalent sleep disorders: obstructive sleep apnoea and insomnia.

Read more about the sleep study.

Seaweed research steps up pace

South Australia’s rich marine environment will yield more value-added products under a new research agreement between Flinders University and one of China’s largest seaweed product companies - Qingdao Gather Great Ocean Algal Industry Group.

The lab’s work will benefit from a $1.1 million Australian Research Council Linkage grant and funding from industry partner GGOG and its South Australian subsidiary Australian Kelp Products.

Scientists will work to develop clean seaweed manufacturing processes. Using a new processing device invented by Flinders University, the conversion of raw seaweed will use significantly less energy, water and chemicals compared to seaweed processing in other parts of the world.

Read more about the seaweed research.

 

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