Fifty-five years on from Silent Spring the impacts on ecosystems and non-target beneficial organisms and human health from the widespread use of insecticides in agriculture is well documented. Insecticides directly reduce the populations of beneficial pollinating and pest killing invertebrates, such as bees and spiders, and indirectly affect soil and aquatic animal populations through runoff…Details
Sean Blamires and Aditya Rawal have received a Hermon Slade Foundation grant to do further research into spider silk genetics, artificial spinning and NMR analyses.
Sean Blamires was interviewed by Ali Clarke on ABC Morning Radio on February, discussing the wonders of spider silks, their commercial applications and which spiders that spin the best silks.
From July 1-9 Sean Blamires, Hamish Craig (UNSW), Jonas Wolff (Macquarie University) and Shichang Zhang and Dakota Piorkowski (Tunghai University) attended the 20th International Congress of Arachnology in Golden Colorado. We caught up with many fellow Arachnologists. From July 11-15 Sean Blamires and Hamish Craig visited the Molecular Science (NMR) Facility at Arizona State University…Details