University News


Harrington Seed Destructor

Weed seed destructor set to strike in wheatbelt

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A weed seed destructor invented by a Darkan farmer and further developed by the WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI) at The University of Western Australia is set to be trialled this harvest.

East-west sowing packs a punch on weeds

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

New research funded by GRDC has revealed that manipulating crop row orientation can lead to increased crop yields and weed suppression in the winter cropping region of Western Australia.

Heavy reliance on herbicides for weed control has led to widespread resistance throughout Australia. With the discovery of new herbicides being a rare event there must be ongoing research to discover new methods of weed control that don’t require herbicide use.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch FRS

UWA scientist and Premier's Fellow elected to the Royal Society

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Coral reef expert, Premier's Fellow and research leader at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute, Professor Malcolm McCulloch, has been elected to the prestigious Royal Society.

Pain and risk-free liver test wins acclaim for developer

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Professor Tim St Pierre, a physicist at The University of Western Australia who has researched the magnetic properties of iron in biology and medicine for 25 years, last night won a Clunies Ross award for his ‘significant and positive influence on the lives of many Australians'.

Radio tracking image

Native rodents go high tech

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Radio tracking and motion-detecting night vision cameras are being used to learn more about the habitat and home range of rakali, a native rodent, at Two Peoples' Bay.

Stay one step ahead of the weeds

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

WA growers are likely to face another late break this year. Whilst parts of the state received significant early rainfall, the majority of wheat belt farmers are anxious for a decent rainfall to enable crop seeding.

Adding to the challenges of low grain prices in 2010 are that in 2009 many paddocks were weedy, meaning high weed burdens in 2010.

Carol Kaplanian

Honour-killing researcher wins prestigious award

Monday, 17 May 2010

A PhD candidate at The University of Western Australia who is researching ‘honour killings' in her native Jordan and in Pakistan has won the annual UWA Grace Vaughan Award.

Gilsel and Professor Keep discuss his graduate diploma work

A long journey continues through a small land

Monday, 17 May 2010

Academics and students from UWA, mainly from the School of Earth and Environment, have been working in East Timor for eight years, to understand the geology, with the aim of helping locals to take advantage of their natural resources.

Dr Jacqueline Van Gent (left) and Professor Susan Broomhall

Gossip girls set to upend views of influential dynasty

Monday, 17 May 2010

By Sally-Ann Jones

Brangelina? Nicole’s weight? Posh pregnant again? This is the kind of gossip that absorbs many in the community. Gossip equally juicy enlivens the conversation of Winthrop Professor Susan Broomhall and Dr Jacqueline Van Gent – but it doesn’t concern today’s celebrities.

Archer fish

Sensor technology targets straight-shooting fish

Monday, 17 May 2010

A simple animal with extraordinarily complex visual abilities could be the key to developing remote underwater cameras and robotic machines. The archerfish, found across the north of australia, can see so well both below and above the surface of the water that it can catch insects by spitting at them.