Small native mammals eat more plant seeds than had been realised, and their loss to predators such as foxes and feral cats has likely caused significant changes to vegetation in outback Australia.


The first worldwide study of animals and the seeds they eat has overturned a long-held assumption – that large animals mainly eat large seeds – with implications for conservation of species. 

Research which changes our understanding of plant life around the world and work that brings the quantum computer one step closer to reality have won UNSW researchers top honours at the Eureka Prizes.