The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)



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Research at the University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne is committed to nurturing scholarship, to developing new insights and promoting a wider understanding of the world in which we live. Through its ‘Research at Melbourne’ strategy, the University has committed to cherish and cultivate investigator-driven research in the fundamental enabling disciplines, while pursuing applied solutions to three Grand Challenges:

  • understanding our place and purpose
  • fostering health and wellbeing
  • supporting sustainability and resilience.

These Grand Challenges draw on the deep disciplinary expertise and scholarship of our researchers — who are working toward discoveries that contribute to the global reserve of knowledge, and inform major shifts in thinking. Importantly, the Grand Challenges are embedded across the University through its precincts and partnerships as well as through our international and graduate research training agenda.

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) published between 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

541 83.10 69.43

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 305 28.97 15.31
Earth & Environmental Sciences 28 5.96 5.96
Chemistry 64 23.58 23.58
Life Sciences 175 29.44 29.44

Highlight of the month

Like moths to a new flame

© Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

© Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

The Gum Leaf Skeletoniser moth, or Uraba lugens, has a competitive edge when it comes to the dating game — it can trade in its testes for a better sense of smell to sniff out potential mates.

A team led by scientists from the University of Melbourne collected Uraba lugens eggs and grew them in containers at varied densities and numbers.

The males surrounded by a greater number of other larvae grew larger testes, the researchers discovered, and those reared at a lower density had larger antennae as adults.

The traits make sense – larger testes allow moths to fertilize more females when sperm competition from other males is high. And when females are harder to find, males have to better detect the pheromones of a potential mate, which they sense using their antennae.

The scientists propose that Uraba lugens sense the population around them when they are larvae, allowing them to invest energy in the optimal traits for reproduction as they mature.

Supported content

  1. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, (2017). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2087

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 34.03% Domestic
  • 65.97% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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