A new $63 million Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre based at The University of Western Australia will boost marine science capacity in Australia, according to UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson.
Young Perth researcher and avid surfer, Tiago Tomaz, recently published the discovery that removing two proteins from plants can increase levels of Vitamin C and have large effects on plant growth. This surprising discovery from The University of Western Australia arose from altering plant respiration - the way plants "breathe" and produce energy.
One of Western Australia's top young scientists who has been instrumental in leading research towards a cure for Floppy Baby Syndrome, a paralysing disorder that affects thousands of infants worldwide, has won the inaugural Western Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Award.
A method to measure methanogenic potential of plants in rumen fluid and improving the quality of pasture legume Trifolium subterraneum (subterranean clover) in Australia is among techniques that will be employed in a project supported in round two of the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme.