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Ugandan monkey population to decline as a result of climate change

Uganda colobus monkey

Following a UN summit and renewed public action on climate change, research co-authored by the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre has revealed another victim: Uganda's colobus monkeys.

Dietary changes caused by climate change could result in a 31 percent decline in the colobus monkey population of Uganda's Kibale National Park, according to the study.

Published online in Ecology and co-authored by Nutrition theme leader Professor David Raubenheimer, the research examined the nutritional quality of tropical leaves in the park. Read more

Postive computing in health systems recieves Asthma Australia grant

Asthma Australia has awarded an $80 000 grant to Associate Professor Rafael Calvo and other researchers to develop and test a personalised goal-setting self-management asthma app for adolescents. The grant is the first recieved by the Positive computing in health systems research project node.

One of three grants awarded by National Asthma Research Trust, the grant was a significant achievement with more than 50 applications for more than $9 million made. The trust is supported financially by each state and territory Asthma Foundation and their generous benefactors and donors.

Other researchers involved in the project include Dr Lorraine Smith and Dr Juliet Foster, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, and others at the University of Melbourne.

Food to get Tassie devils in the mood: Sydney joins forces with Taronga Zoo

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4 September
Researchers from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre have joined forces with Taronga Zoo for a world-first study on the eating habits of endangered Tasmanian devils and fat-tailed dunnarts.

It is hoped the study will allow zookeepers to design diets that boost captive breeding programs to help save the Tasmanian devils and other carnivorous marsupials from extinction.

Understanding the animals' own food choices at different life stages will allow researchers to purpose build diets to
support breeding, said Professor David Raubenheimer, lead
researcher on the study. Read more