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Professor Peter Davies

World's rivers in crisis

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The world's rivers - the single largest renewable water resource for humans and a crucible of aquatic biodiversity - are in a crisis of ominous proportions, according to a new global analysis co-authored by a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Emeritus Professor Charles Oxnard

Maths implies 'hobbit' an iodine-deficient human

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A paper published today is set to re-ignite debate over the origins of so-called Homo floresiensis - the ‘hobbit' that some scientists have claimed as a new species of human.

Dr Ela Eroglu

Renewable bio-based energy processes - international researcher joins UWA Centre for Energy

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Centre for Energy is proud to announce the arrival of Dr Ela Eroglu, a specialist in the field of energy technologies with an emphasis in renewable bio-based energy processes.

New telescope helps high schools aim for the stars

Monday, 27 September 2010

A new internet telescope based at The University of Western Australia will give high school students the opportunity to discover new planets and exploding stars in distant galaxies.

Image: Chris Brown, Eyecue Design and Shutterstock

Scientist-detectives find clue to toughening vital plants

Friday, 24 September 2010

Drought, salinity, flooding and extreme temperatures threaten many plants essential to humankind - and scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered how they respond to these challenges.

Hossein Saberi

Ioning out soils to lift wheat yields

Friday, 24 September 2010

Researchers at The University of Western Australia (UWA) Institute of Agriculture have confirmed that wheat varieties tolerant to iron, manganese and aluminium perform better in acidic, waterlogged soils, while varieties intolerant to such ion toxicities grow poorly and yield considerably less.

Lead researcher Dr Hossein Saberi explained that waterlogged soils were oxygen deprived, which increased iron and manganese concentrations to toxic levels, while acidic soils had increased concentrations of aluminium ions that were also toxic to plants.

Scientist-detectives find clue to toughening vital plants

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Drought, salinity, flooding and extreme temperatures threaten many plants essential to humankind – and scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered how they respond to these challenges.

Lead researcher Winthrop Professor Steven Smith, of UWA’s Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, said understanding how plants grow under stressful environmental conditions was vital for food, fuel and fibre production.

Mr Balarka Banerjee

UWA student wins with his thesis in three minutes

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Explaining the medical complexities of lung transplants within three minutes has won a student from The University of Western Australia a national award.

Volunteers needed to trial new vaccine against Dengue Fever

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Perth researchers are about to trial a new vaccine that aims to protect against all four strains of the potentially devastating Dengue Fever.

Winthrop Professor David Mackey

Genetic discovery offers new hope for eye diseases

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The discovery of new genes for two of the world's most common eye diseases could lead to new treatments, according to leading ophthalmologist, Winthrop Professor David Mackey, from The University of Western Australia.