The University of Otago (Māori: 'Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo') in Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university with over 22,000 students enrolled during 2010. The university has New Zealand's highest average research quality and in New Zealand is second only to the University of Auckland in the number of A rated academic researchers it employs.
Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet
A University of Otago, New Zealand, PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European ...
Health issues highlighted in Child Poverty Monitor
Although the just released second annual Child Poverty Monitor has revealed a small decrease in the number of New Zealand children living in income poverty, researchers involved in its preparation say there is still much ...
Ancient New Zealand 'Dawn Whale' identified
University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of fossil baleen whales and two species within it.
New Zealand's moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population
A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand's human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most.
Alpine drilling fault project moves into new phase
The multi-national Alpine Fault drilling project has moved to a new phase with a new drilling rig positioned over the borehole to take the probe to its target depth of 1.3km
Primitive microbes stole bacterial genes on a surprising scale
A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team that has discovered that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) played a surprisingly large role in the evolution of primitive microbes known as archaea.
Researchers reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow
Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an international team that includes ...
No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world
Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to a New Zealand ...
Mycobacteria metabolism discovery may pave way for new tuberculosis drugs
The mystery of why mycobacteria—a family that includes the microbe that causes TB—are extraordinarily hardy organisms is being unravelled by University of Otago, New Zealand, research that offers new ...
Improving prepayment electricity schemes could benefit households
As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using prepayment metering.
Research reveals New Zealand sea lion is a relative newcomer
(Phys.org) —The modern New Zealand sea lion is a relative newcomer to our mainland, replacing a now-extinct, unique prehistoric New Zealand sea-lion that once lived here, according to a new study led by ...
Researchers develop new tool to characterise disease epidemics in trees
A University of Otago researcher and overseas colleagues have developed an innovative approach to modelling outbreaks of citrus greening, a devastating bacterial disease that has caused more than US$4.5 billion ...
New light shed on key bacterial immune system
New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago and ...
Researchers help shed new light on popular New Zealand parrot
(Phys.org) —New light has been shed on the history of one of New Zealand's most distinctive and loveable native birds, the kea, and what can be done to protect this threatened species.
Physicists split and collide ultracold atom clouds (w/ Video)
Physicists at New Zealand's University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds ...