Dr Owen Duncan

Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security

Thursday, 20 April 2017

University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.

Reef sharks

Declines in sharks drive 'fatter' fish

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) suggests that reef fishes eat differently when sharks are around. To avoid unwanted attention from large predators, these fishes may consume less energy-rich food and as a result become ‘leaner’, leading to significant knock-on effects in the reef environment.

Dr Clare Sutherland

Why you should let a stranger choose your profile pictures

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney has found that people tend to choose more flattering photos for complete strangers than they do for themselves when posting images on social networking sites.

The University of Western Australia campus

Boost for UWA medical training in regional Western Australia

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Regional medical training in Western Australia has received a boost, with the Federal Government’s announcement today of funding for three University of Western Australia Regional Training Hubs.

Wheat plants infected by pathogen

Pathogen uses light to facilitate invasion of wheat plant

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with The Australian National University have discovered the deadly fungus Parastagonospora nodorum invades wheat plants by producing a herbicide compound (elsinochrome) which kills plant cells when they are exposed to light.

Guppies

Poor diet 'reprograms' male sperm to produce smaller offspring

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that a change in a male’s diet can have profound negative effects on sperm quality, and that these effects can influence the quality of his offspring.

Awards and achievements

UWA awards and achievements - March 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Josh Izaac with Prof Jingbo Wang

UWA advances in race to develop quantum computer

Thursday, 6 April 2017

In our fast-paced world where quicker computer search engine speeds are like gold, an international research team that includes UWA scientists has identified a way to analyse information quicker than ever before.

Dr Dirk Zeller

Leading scientist brings expertise to Indian Ocean conservation

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A world-class marine biologist will lead research into ocean conservation in the Indian Ocean region following his professorial appointment at The University of Western Australia.