Sandalwood

‘Wooden gold’ to oil wheels of commerce again

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Before the discovery of gold in Western Australia, the harvest and export of sandalwood kept the young colony solvent, and even helped pay for the colonists' thirst for China tea. 

Today, almost 170 years since it was first exported from Fremantle, the insignificant parasitic tree may be poised to contribute to the economy again, with world demand outstripping supply.

Grants foster global collaboration on kelp research

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Research grants from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and The UWA Research Collaboration Awards will help to form an ‘Algal Research Coalition' with partners from around the world.

Fussy females go for dominant types

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

In a world first, a recent study at The University of Western Australia has explored the evolutionary effects of female mate-choice and male/male competition in one environment.

New Holland Honeyeater feeding on Banksia coccinea by D. McGinn.

Animal pollinators essential for mining site restoration

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Ecological restoration of mining sites will not be successful long-term unless more attention is paid to returning the pollinators on which plants depend for reproduction and genetic viability.

WA's incredible underground orchid

Monday, 7 February 2011

Rhizanthella gardneri is a cute, quirky and critically endangered orchid that lives all its life underground.  It even blooms underground, making it virtually unique amongst plants.

Winthrop Professor Matthew Knuimanat the Department of Health awards

UWA state's top public health research university

Friday, 4 February 2011

The School of Population Health played a major part in UWA being recognised as the top West Australian university in public health and health services research.

array of ‘hot plates’ measure effects of rising water temperature

‘Hot plate’ technology to assist research into ocean warming

Thursday, 3 February 2011

A team involving scientists from the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia has devised a unique way of studying the effects of ocean warming on marine life.

Bernard Salt

WA Needs ‘Pilbara Shift’: Bernard Salt

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Ahead of his speech at The University of Western Australia Business School's Breakfast by the Bay series in mid-February, demographer Bernard Salt has called for significant population growth in Western Australia's northwest.

New state genome research equipment ready for use

Monday, 31 January 2011

Faster, cheaper and more effective clinical research and diagnosis of a wide range of genetic diseases including neuromuscular disorders and cancers will be available to Western Australians after the commissioning of new state-of-the-art gene sequencing equipment.

UWA people named in Australia Day Honours

Friday, 28 January 2011

The awarding of Australia Day Honours to three academics was further recognition of the contribution The University of Western Australia made to its community, according to UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson.