Melissa A Danks

Melissa A Danks
Edith Cowan University · Centre for Ecosystem Management

PhD

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Introduction
Melissa A Danks currently works at the Centre for Ecosystem Management, Edith Cowan University. Melissa does research in Ecology, Zoology and Mycology. Melissa also works in Molecular Systematics at the Western Australian Museum.
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - present
Edith Cowan University
Position
  • Research Assistant
February 2018 - present
Edith Cowan University
Position
  • Sessional Academic
June 2017 - February 2018
Edith Cowan University
Position
  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (29)
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Little is known about the diets and ecology of New Guinea's 14 bandicoot species. In order to better understand the diet and digestive morphology of these marsupials, we reviewed the literature, studied the dental morphology, conducted analysis of gastrointestinal contents, and measured the digestive tracts of: Echymipera clara, E. davidi, E. kalub...
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Despite the importance of mammal‐fungal interactions, tools to estimate the mammal‐assisted dispersal distances of fungi are lacking. Many mammals actively consume fungal fruiting bodies, the spores of which remain viable after passage through their digestive tract. Many of these fungi form symbiotic relationships with trees and provide an array of...
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The article entitled “Rethinking soil water repellency and its management”, which is part of the special issue on “Applying microbial communities to improve restoration and conservation outcomes” was published prematurely in Volume 220, Issue 10, October 2019.
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Soil water repellency (SWR) is a widespread challenge to plant establishment and growth. Despite considerable research, it remains a recalcitrant problem for which few alleviation technologies or solutions have been developed. Previous research has focused on SWR as a problem to be overcome; however, it is an inherent feature of many native ecosyst...
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Soil water repellency (SWR) is a widespread challenge to plant establishment and growth. Despite considerable research, it remains a recalcitrant problem for which few alleviation technologies or solutions have been developed. Previous research has focused on SWR as a problem to be overcome; however, it is an inherent feature of many native ecosyst...
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Microbes are fundamentally important to the maintenance of all habitats, including those in the ocean: they govern biogeochemical cycles, contribute to resistance from disease and nutritional requirements of macroorganisms and provide enormous biological and genetic diversity. The oceanic environment of the west coast of Australia is dominated by t...
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Pteropus (flying-foxes) are a speciose group of non-echolocating large bats, with five extant Australian species and 24 additional species distributed amongst the Pacific Islands. In 2015, an injured flying-fox with unusual facial markings was found in Sydney, Australia, following severe and widespread storms. Based on an initial assessment, the in...
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Genes, primers and PCR cycling conditions used in this study. (DOCX)
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Samples and gene regions sequenced (with GenBank accession numbers) from the Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia. (XLSX)
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Bayesian tree based on 497 bp of mitochondrial DNA control region. Support for clades are shown, with posterior probabilities shown above, and maximum likelihood values below branches. Branches with dashed lines were not recovered in the ML trees. See Table 2 and S2 and S3 Tables for locations. (EPS)
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Bayesian tree based on 1085 bp of Recombination activating gene 1 (RAG1). Support for clades are shown, with posterior probabilities shown above, and maximum likelihood values below branches. Branches with dashed lines were not recovered in the ML trees. See Table 2 and S2 and S3 Tables for locations. (EPS)
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Bayesian tree showing the relationship between the unknown Pteropus sample and sequences obtained from GenBank for 287 bp of cytochrome b. Support for clades are shown, with posterior probabilities shown above, and maximum likelihood values below branches. Branches with dashed lines were not recovered in the ML trees. See S3 Table for locations. (T...
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Sequences obtained from GenBank and used in analysis presented in this study. (XLSX)
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Bayesian tree based on 657 bp of cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1. Support for clades are shown, with posterior probabilities shown above, and maximum likelihood values below branches. Branches with dashed lines were not recovered in the ML trees. See Table 2 and S2 and S3 Tables for locations. (EPS)
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Truffle-like fungi are highly diverse yet poorly known in Australia. To assess the species richness, biomass, and community assemblages of truffle-like fungi in different habitats we sampled sporocarps of truffle-like fungi in three eucalypt-dominated forest types (grassy woodland, wet sclerophyll forest, and dry sclerophyll forest) once in summer...
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Variation in the gut-retention time of macrofungal spores influences the distance to which spores are dispersed by mycophagous (fungus-feeding) mammals and is of interest in examining mammal-fungal interactions. In reviewing published studies of fluid and particle (including macrofungal spore) digesta gut-retention times in ground-dwelling mycophag...
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Scientists presenting inconvenient facts or ideas that run counter to commercial interests may place themselves at risk of legal action. Frivolous or even vexatious lawsuits are a recognized tool for silencing criticism of corporate or individual commercial interests, particularly where the critics are private individuals or non-commercial entities...
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During the course of research on mammal mycophagy and movement in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, extensive collections of sequestrate fungi were made, including numerous cortinarioid taxa. Historically any novel taxa would have been described in the cortinarioid sequestrate genera Descomyces, Hymenogaster, Protoglossum, Quad...

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The UNE's Newholme Field Station in Northeastern NSW (Australia) has been the subject of ongoing ecological research for over four decades. This project acts as a repository for some of the past and present ecological research undertaken at the field station.