Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have discovered that the commonly used antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which kills bacteria, also kills plants by blocking the DNA copying machinery of the plants.
Valentine’s Day enthusiasts should take a moment on 14 February to give credit to English poet Geoffrey Chaucer according to The University of Western Australia, with the famous writer believed to be the first person to associate the day with romantic love.
The University of Western Australia is part of a research team that plans to unearth and analyse the large number of ‘glass magic lantern slides’ held in public collections across the world in a bid to better understand the effect of this early modern media on Australian cultural history.
In a world first, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.
A five-year project led by researchers from The University of Western Australia to improve food and nutritional security has exceeded expectations by delivering a 45% increase in lentil production over five years.
Led by Professor William Erskine from UWA’s Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Institute of Agriculture, the five-year project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to revitalise pulse production in Bangladesh without affecting rice cropping.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia Law School concerned about juvenile offenders battling foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are working with communities in Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing on law reforms that will benefit offenders, the courts and government agencies delivering services.