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Eltham copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the Eltham copper butterfly ('Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida') with description, distribution, habitat, host plants and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Hairy flower wasps

This is an information sheet which describes hairy flower wasps, Family Scoliidae, and gives information about their appearance, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

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Using fodder to reduce parasites and pollution

Find out about a surprising approach that could help control cattle parasites and at the same time reduce cattle greenhouse gas emissions. Listen to Associate Professor Phil Vercoe and research fellow Zoe Dermitch explain the biological effects ('bioactive properties') that fodder plants could have on the cattle that graze ...

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Coral bleaching: threat to the Great Barrier Reef?

Scientist Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg describes the Great Barrier Reef as one of the most thrilling ecosystems on the planet. Discovering new things there makes him feel like a pioneer. In the early 1980s the sudden appearance of bleached coral was a mystery. Join Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg as he describes coral bleaching as a serious ...

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Coral bleaching: solving the scientific puzzle

Scientist Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg describes his work as one of solving mysteries and puzzles. In the early 1980s, samples of bleached corals came from around the world, causing Dr Hoegh-Guldberg to question the cause of the problem. Follow his investigation as he puts pieces of the puzzle together. Find out about the problems ...

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Leaping tall felines in a single bound

Discover one of the greatest high-jumpers of the animal world. If cat-fleas were the size of humans, they could jump 400 metres into the air! Find out how and why these tiny jumpers leap so high.

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Ocean change affects symbiotic relationship

Polyps are the miniature architects of coral reefs. Find out about the relationship between polyps and an alga, Zooxanthellae. How does each benefit and what causes the coral to eject the Zooxanthellae with often devastating results? View the clip to find out.

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Potatoes infested by the golden potato cyst nematode

The photograph is of a potato crop that is turning yellow from a disease called golden potato cyst nematode. It has been infested by a microscopic animal called a nematode. The disease can cause total crop failure.

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Sustaining an ecosystem: collection 1

This is a collection of 19 digital curriculum resources that explore the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem. The collection comprises 17 images and 2 video clips that highlight the role of decomposers and nutrients in an ecosystem. Students can investigate topics such as the factors that affect the rate of decomposition, ...

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Sustaining an ecosystem: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem, specifically ...

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Sustaining an ecosystem: collection 2

This is a collection of 18 digital curriculum resources that explores the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem. The collection comprises 17 images and 1 interactive simulation that highlight the role of decomposers and nutrients in an ecosystem. Students can explore topics such as the factors that affect the rate of ...

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Science in the news: learning strategy

This professional learning resource provides illustrations of how real-world examples of the application of science can be incorporated into teaching practice. For this learning strategy, science articles provide stimulus materials for developing students' understanding of important science concepts and processes related ...

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Flow of energy: concept map

This developmental concept map demonstrates the relationships between concepts as they relate to the flow of energy in ecosystems. The concepts include those that reflect simple understandings to more complex concepts that build on them. Each concept is contained within a box, with arrows connecting boxes to represent relationships ...

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Flow of matter: concept map

This developmental concept map demonstrates the relationships between concepts as they relate to the flow of matter in ecosystems. The concepts include those that reflect simple understandings to more complex concepts that build on them. Each concept is contained within a box, with arrows connecting boxes to represent relationships ...

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Queensland fruit fly

This is a colour photograph of a Queensland fruit fly ('Bactrocera tryoni'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Tephritidae.)

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Flea fossil

This is a colour photograph of an ancient flea ('Tarwinia australis') fossilised in mudstone. This specimen is from the Koonwarra fossil bed in South Gippsland, Victoria. The rounded body, long legs that are wider at the top, and the relatively long antennae of this flea specimen are clearly visible.

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All about eggs: What is animal welfare?

This interactive lesson enables students to understand how the growth and survival of a hen is affected by the physical conditions of its environment. They will gain knowledge of the ways in which egg farmers care for their hens and how the government enforces strict guidelines to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Students ...

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The effects of climate change on coral bleaching

This website is designed to support science and geography inquiry investigations about how coral ecosystems are being impacted by climate change. It contains information and images about the biology of corals and their vulnerability to changes in temperature and pH levels.

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What have we got here: mistletoe

This five minute snapshot video about the Australian native parasitic mistletoe debunks some myths associated with mistletoe. It explains the role that mistletoe plays in the ecosystem such as attracting birds, providing food for animals, protecting them from predators. The video also covers seed dispersal, germination ...

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The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

This resource uses the story of a symbiotic relationship between microscopic bacterium and a small squid and the mutual benefits each provides the other. The text describes a scientific concept in a simple and engaging manner. A video reading (17:15 min) of the book is supported by teacher's notes and student activities ...