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Mt Buller’s Mountain Pygmy-possums have had some rare good news following the success of an emergency action to save the isolated population from extinction caused by declining genetic diversity.

By infecting mosquitoes with bacteria from flies that commonly live in kitchen fruit bowls, researchers have stopped the insects spreading the dengue virus.

A century old mystery has been solved by a new study showing how butterflies mimic the wing patterns of other species to escape being eaten by birds. The study is published today in the international journal Nature.

Affordable solar energy for Australians is one step closer with $3.5 million in funding from the Victorian and Federal Governments. The grant will allow further development of revolutionary plastic solar cells produced by a team of Victorian researchers.

Australian researchers have successfully bred two genetically distinct Mountain Pygmy-possums, playing a major role in preventing the endangered population in the Victorian Alpine region from further decline.