A new approach to fertiliser management that investigates how different wheat and canola genotypes respond to fertilisers will help graingrowers develop better nutrient management practices and reduce the financial and environmental costs of wasted fertiliser.
Recognising that fertiliser is a graingrower’s greatest single expense, with annual farm input cost at 16 percent, the Crop Nutrition group at The University of Western Australia (UWA), led by Professor Zed Rengel, is examining the optimal management of potassium (K), nitrogen (N), sulphur (S) and phosphorus (P) for wheat, barley and canola.
When the current moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops is lifted, The University of Western Australia (UWA) has GM lupin lines with superior seed quality and yield readily available for wider testing and evaluation in the WA grainbelt.
According to UWA Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis Director, Professor Craig Atkins, sustaining cereal production through rotating legumes drove the UWA GM lupin breeding program, which commenced in 1992.
Collaboration, innovation and legume performance remain the focus of Phase Three of the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) as it continues to provide WA graingrowers with sustainable and profitable outcomes.
Centred at UWA from July 1, CLIMA continues to collaborate with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), CSIRO and Murdoch University, plus its international partners, to maintain the flow of new germplasm into WA farming systems.
The University of Western Australia IEEE Student Branch (IEEESB) is a thriving student group which runs popular functions throughout the year for electrical and electronic engineering students as well as software and computer science students. The UWA IEEESB is supported by IEEE and is helped by Dr Jasmine Henry (UWA IEEE Student Activities Co-ordinator).
On 19 April 2007, the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics organised the First Year Engineering Course and Career Day. This event brought together the 620 students in the First Year Engineering cohort. At UWA, engineering students undertake a common first year. This enabled students to become familiar with the engineering programmes available to them.
A reunion for the Class of 1981 students at the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is being organised for November. The organising committee consists of Rick Hoad, Anthony McGrath, Shane McLindon, Ian Anderson and Mark Wilshusen. An email update has already been sent to all known addresses. If you have not received this email, please email Rick Hoad.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, in partnership with The East West Overseas Aid Foundation (TEWOAF), is developing a computer learning facility for a girls’ orphanage, the Uluru Children’s Home, in Tamil Nadu, India.
Alex Craven, a UWA Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate helped to expand a current six node pilot network into a multi-function centre supporting 35 computers for the Uluru Children’s Home.
According to IDP’s Global Student Mobility 2025, India’s population is forecast to increase from just over 1 billion in 2000 to 1.35 billion in 2025. The study indicates that the demand for higher education in India will reach 60 million places by 2025. By this time, India will be the second largest source of demand for international higher education. The total demand for this from India is predicted to increase to 630,000 places in 2025, up from 77,000 places in 2000.