Phil Vercoe, Craig Lawrence and Peter Davies

WA researchers succeed in breeding rare fish

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia and Western Australia's Department of Fisheries have bred one of Australia's rarest fish - the critically endangered Western Trout Minnow.

Winthop Hall Undercroft

UWA climbs higher in world rankings

Friday, 15 August 2014

In just 12 months, The University of Western Australia has climbed three places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to be placed at 88th in the world.

Western Swamp Tortoise

Slow but sure progress to tortoise milestone

Monday, 14 July 2014

One of the world's rarest tortoises and Australia's most endangered reptile, the tiny Western Swamp Tortoise, has been brought back from the brink of extinction by some passionate conservationists including a team from The University of Western Australia.

Brain Bee Champ Harman Sharma St Mary's College, Broome

Broome student is WA bid for Australia’s brainiest kid

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Year 10 student Harman Sharma from St Mary's College, Broome has won the WA championship and will now represent the State at the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

Spider ingesting a fish

Fishing spiders leave human anglers in the shade

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Few people would know that spiders can catch and eat fish - sometimes fish more than twice as long and four times as heavy as them - yet it is a widespread phenomenon and the subject of a paper in the prestigious journal PLOS One published today.

Mark Murphy conducting research near Kulin

Wheatbelt bee and wasp networks may signal global change

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Social networking is a buzz phrase right now, but a young researcher at The University of Western Australia is more interested in bee and wasp networks in the wheatbelt - and one offshoot of his work will be a greater knowledge of the native pollinators and pest-controllers operating in farming landscapes.

Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken.

Peter Klinken appointed new Chief Scientist of WA

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the appointment of The University of Western Australia's Professor Peter Klinken as the new Chief Scientist of Western Australia, the third UWA researcher to be appointed to the role.

Bumblebee on Eustoma

Bumblebees learn hidden patterns in flowers

Friday, 6 June 2014

Bees pollinate about one-third of what we eat so it is important that we know as much about them as possible.

Pet fish deserve care too: expert

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

When the housemate of lecturer Miriam Sullivan bought a Siamese fighting fish, Miriam's life changed - and life may change for the better for the world's pet fish too, if she has her way.

Professor Lyn Beazley

Lyn Beazley inducted into WA Science Hall of Fame

Friday, 16 May 2014

One of the State's most enthusiastic and passionate science advocates has been recognised through her induction into the WA Science Hall of Fame.

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston and Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin

$11 million for new marine research facility

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The international marine and fisheries research status of the State and the nation will be boosted by an $11 million commitment to a research hub in Perth's northern suburbs.

Guppies

Males produce faster sperm for sisters

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mating with relatives, or inbreeding, can be costly to both sexes, and in many species males and females avoid mating with siblings.  However, the latest research adds a twist to this story by showing that male guppies produce faster sperm when paired with their sisters.

Professor Jon Evans

Offspring benefit from mum sending the right message

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Researchers have uncovered a previously unforeseen interaction between the sexes which reveals that offspring survival is affected by chemical signals emitted from the females' eggs.

Barreleye fish, Rhynchohyalus natalensis (c) Dr Adrian Flynn

Newly discovered fish mirror-eyes shine light on evolution of vision

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A small tropical fish has been shown to use mirror-eyes on the side of its head to help see its prey in its dark deep-sea habitat - and is the subject of a paper published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Field peas

Imaging technology used to class grains and food

Friday, 21 February 2014

Scientists from The University of Western Australia are developing rapid and non-destructive ways to assess the quality of food that will deliver significant benefits to industry.

Ryan Kempster with bamboo sharks

Repelling sharks to save them... and us

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Shark biologist Dr Ryan Kempster will share his insights into shark behaviour at a public lecture this month as part of UWA Extension's summer season.

Associate Pofessor Lindy Fitzgerald

Researchers tackle neurotrauma caused by car crashes

Monday, 3 February 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are working to limit the spread of serious nerve damage, often caused by car crashes, to minimise disability and enable better recovery.

Does it pay to be a lover or a fighter?

Friday, 24 January 2014

As mating season approaches, male animals are faced with a question that can make or break their chances at reproducing: does it pay to be a lover or a fighter? Or both?

A disease detection workshop

Project to assess whether we're going against the grain in training

Monday, 20 January 2014

Crop disease costs Australia millions of dollars every year and threatens Western Australia's annual yield of 11 million tonnes of wheat worth $2.8 billion. Researchers at The University of Western Australia believe they can lower the risk if they teach farmers and farm consultants, or agronomists, how better to recognise a problem in their crops as soon as they see it. Ninety per cent of WA farmers consult an agronomist.

Zebrafish

Little fish earns its stripes as researchers’ top choice

Monday, 16 December 2013

The zebrafish is the new lab mouse - and is being used in medical research laboratories around the world to carry out research on human inherited diseases as well as Alzheimer's, cancers and diabetes.