Edible sheep shelter

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

It may seem odd that the best way for newborns to survive is for their mothers to eat their way out of house and home, but for Australia’s sheep this may help boost their flock beyond 100 million.
 
A revolutionary grazing technique trialled by scientists at the Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia (UWA), could help Australia’s sheep flock meet the growing demand for prime lamb by increasing the 381,839 tonnes (05/06) it annually produces.

Clima grows into phase three at UWA

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Innovation in legume science and technology remains the focus of the Centre for Legumes In Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) as it moves into its third phase as a research centre within the University of Western Australia (UWA).

CLIMA has been headquartered at UWA’s Crawley campus since commencing in 1992 as a Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) and transforming in 2000, after its CRC phase ended, into a research alliance between the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), UWA, CSIRO and Murdoch University.

The current memorandum of understanding between CLIMA and the four partners concludes June 30.

The School of Civil and Resource Engineering research ranking

Thursday, 1 February 2007

The School of Civil and Resource Engineering at UWA is currently ranked 18th in the world in terms of research output in the sub-discipline of Civil Engineering, according to the Centre for Evaluation of Science and Technology.

The Awesome Animations and Animatronics Outreach Programme

Thursday, 1 February 2007

The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at UWA has made a significant contribution to WA school children’s learning through its Awesome Animations and Animatronics Outreach Programme.

Class of 1956 - 50th Year Reunion

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Engineers from the 1956 final year who graduated in early 1957 are already planning an extended 50 year reunion in November 2007.

2007 The Year of Women in Engineering

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Engineers Australia has named 2007 the Year of Women in Engineering. They are planning a range of activities to educate people about engineering, the role of women in engineering and to showcase the successes and achievements of female engineers.

Maths Olympiad at UWA

Thursday, 1 February 2007

On 28 October 2006, 171 Year 8 and 9 students from twenty-four WA high schools met at the UWA School of Mathematics and Statistics to compete in the eighth Western Australia Junior Mathematics Olympiad (WAJO).

Love is in the air at UWA - but it smells

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Love is in the air at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and it is the good
‘old-fashioned’ kind that hasn’t been chemically induced and, best of all, it will keep the hormones away from the dinner table.

And it isn’t in the student body, but in the sheep at the UWA Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences School of Animal Biology.
 
Associate lecturer Dr Penny Hawken is exploring the possibility of controlling sheep reproductive cycles using pheromones (the smell of a ram) instead of hormone treatments, which will help increase the 382,000 tonnes of lamb and 244,000 tonnes of mutton Australia produces, which equates to seven per cent of the world’s supply.

Climate right for change of thinking on pesticides

Thursday, 18 January 2007

A newly developed pesticide risk assessment method could determine whether climate change will increase or decrease the risk of pesticides leaching through the soil profile and contaminating ground water and the environment.

Rainstorms could be washing pesticides out the farm gate and across the countryside, contaminating water bodies in their wake.

This is a concern, considering that about 31,000 tonnes of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides are applied annually across Australia.

Smoker warns of risky behaviour

Wednesday, 3 January 2007

While growing grain in WA is always a risky business, especially so this year, with the drought cutting yields and locusts threatening to cut a swathe through crops, growers also remain unsure of how best to maximise returns.

This year, perhaps more so than most, every dollar counts and due to the current volatile grain trading environment, growers are exploring non-traditional grain trading mediums.