Bilbies and bettongs - the desert forms of bandicoots and rat-kangaroos - can bring degraded desert landscape back to life, according to new study by UNSW PhD student, Ms Alex James.

The two foraging marsupials create nutrient-rich hotspots that can result in whole areas of renewed greenery, Ms James and her colleagues have shown. They have been studying the impact of bilby and bettong reintroductions at a reserve called Arid Recovery about 20 kilometres north of Roxby Downs in northern South Australia. Alex announced her work at Fresh Science, which is a competition for scientists to promote their work using the media.

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