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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) published between 1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.
Outputs by subject (FC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||66||18.64|
|Earth and Planetary Science Letters||8||2.75|
|Environmental Science and Technology||3||0.29|
|Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta||6||1.20|
|Geophysical Research Letters||15||3.69|
|Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres||4||0.83|
|Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth||3||1.65|
|Nature Climate Change||3||0.60|
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America||2||0.52|
|The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology||1||0.17|
Highlight of the month
Termite mounds mitigate methane
© Arthit Thi-Ngakhruea/EyeEm/Getty
Methane-loving microbes in the walls of termite mounds keep emissions of the greenhouse gas in check.
Termites are the cows of the insect world, digesting plants and releasing methane with abandon. They are behind 1–3% of global emissions, but the precise quantity is debated, suggesting that methane processing within mounds is not well understood.
A team that included researchers from the University of Melbourne injected methane into termite mounds then sucked it out again to find that around half had been absorbed. Bacteria in the mound walls and soil beneath consume the methane and turn it into oxygen.
The team used a computed tomography scanner to look inside mounds without damaging them, revealing an internal structure that facilitates methane transport.
Measuring methane emissions from mounds could enable researchers to calculate how many termites are hidden within and gain insights into the ecology of these insects.
- PNAS 115, 13306–13311 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1809790115
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International vs. domestic collaboration by FC
- 32.08% Domestic
- 67.92% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (162 total)
- The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia
- Domestic institution
Monash University, Australia
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Australia
Melbourne Health, Australia
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Australian National University (ANU), Australia
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), Australia
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (RCH), Australia
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (2345 total)
- The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Max Planck Society, Germany
University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK)
Leibniz Association, Germany
University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK)
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Centro de Recursos Hídricos para la Agricultura y la Minería (CRHIAM), Chile
- ANFF Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), Australia
- ANZgene, Australia
- ARC Centre for Perceptive and Intelligent Machines in Complex Environments, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-Ray Science (CXS), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research (CILR), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics (KanGO), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights (ACEMS), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, Australia
- ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science (ACEVS), Australia
- Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA), Australia
- Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network (AGEN), China
- Asian Genetic Epidemiology Network Type 2 Diabetes (AGEN-T2D) Consortium, South Korea
- AuScope Limited, Australia
- Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), Australia
- Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science (ACAS), Australia
- Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Australia
- Australian Ovarian Cancer Study (AOCS), Australia
- Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium (ANZIC), Australia
- Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Australia
- Belle Collaboration, Japan
- Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), Australia
- Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC), United Kingdom (UK)
- Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), Australia
- Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE), Australia
- China-Australia Center for Translational Medicine, China
- Colorectal Transdisciplinary (CORECT) Study, United States of America (USA)
- Dairy Futures CRC, Australia
- Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (ESCC), Australia
- Epi4K Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP), United States of America (USA)
- Epilepsy Research Centre, Australia
- GliomaScan Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC), United States of America (USA)
- Kathleen Cuningham Foundation Consortium for Research into Familial Breast Cancer (kConFab), Australia
- Melbourne Dementia Research Centre (MDRC), Australia
- Melbourne EpiCentre, Australia
- Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC), Australia
- Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI), Australia
- Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Australia
- NERP Environmental Decisions Group (EDG), Australia
- National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), Australia
- National Imaging Facility (NIF), Australia
- South Asian Type 2 Diabetes (SAT2D) Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research (SVI), Australia
- Stem Cells Australia, Australia
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Australia
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES) - GWAS Group, Australia
- Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium (VBC), Australia
- Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), Australia
- Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), Australia
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