The ANU Research School of Biology is internationally recognised for its high-impact research in plant sciences, evolution, ecology, genetics, parasitology and biotechnology.

Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance.

The School houses the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, as well as the ANU/CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis. It has state-of-the-art facilities for a wide range of research projects.

In 2015, the School’s Professor Graham Farquhar was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Our academics are supported with significant facilities and infrastructure, such as plant growth facilities, green houses, animal housing and a pool of large equipment. The School has a Mass Spectrometry Facility for metabolomics and proteomics and together with CSIRO Pant Industry houses the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

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Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our research schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.

Stories

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Research to turbocharge rice given major funding boost

Research that could transform global rice production by increasing yields from the world’s number one food crop has been boosted by five more years of funding.

Analysis and opinion

Scientists re-counted Australia's extinct species, and the result is devastating

Our research has confirmed that 100 endemic Australian species living in 1788 are now validly listed as extinct.

Professor Carola Vinuesa.

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ANU researchers recognised as some of the world’s most influential

Four ANU academics have recently joined a prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers awarded by the Web of Science.

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Killer wheat disease spreads without sex

Clever detective work by an international team of scientists has uncovered how a deadly fungus came about through unusual breeding habits.

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Red deer evolving to give birth earlier in warming climate

Red deer on a Scottish island are evolving to give birth earlier in the year as the climate warms.

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Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore

The genetic history of a critically endangered songbird shows its best chance of survival is to protect its rapidly disappearing habitat.

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New project to track Australia’s butterflies takes flight

A first-of-its-kind citizen science project will put amateur butterfly-watchers at the forefront of research and conservation for the insect.

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Scientists find new way to develop drought-resilient crops

Australian research could help breeders develop more drought-resilient crops that can produce more food and more profit with less water.

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Fairy-wrens change breeding habits to cope with climate change

Warmer temperatures linked to climate change are having a big impact on the breeding habits of one of Australia’s most recognisable bird species.

Research story

Wait—we’re sexist towards birds now?

Five years ago, an ANU biologist proved that most female songbirds sing, but it’s a finding that many people are struggling to accept.

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