Professor Varshney

Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic 'super' peanuts

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.

Professor Tim Inglis

Researcher wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award funding

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Medical microbiologist Professor Tim Inglis has been awarded US$100,000 (A$138,160) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a screening test that will detect antibiotic resistance and ensure the right antibiotics can be prescribed.

Maize-faba bean intercropping system in China

Intercropping maize and faba bean: the root of agro-diversity

Monday, 30 May 2016

Growing maize with faba bean enhances ecosystem productivity and has important implications for developing sustainable agriculture, according to research at China Agricultural University, Beijing and The University of Western Australia.

The breakthrough research, recently published in the prestigious journal PNAS, revealed that when faba bean and maize are intercropped, root interactions between the two species boosted faba bean biomass and grain by a staggering 35% and 61%, respectively.

Complex root tips could be the key to helping crops grow

Friday, 27 May 2016

A new study into the seemingly simple tip of a plant root may ultimately decrease our dependence on crop fertilisers to help grow food, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Two-year-old Robbie with his parents. Picture by Nic Ellis

In the news

Friday, 27 May 2016

Associate Director of the Marshall Centre Assoc Prof Charlene Kahler made the news this week, speaking out about lifesaving vaccines. The UWA researcher specialising in meningococcal disease is backing calls for a government-funded vaccine against the B strain.

 

The West Australian is following the story of two-year-old Robbie Buchan who lost his hands and feet after developing the disease when he was aged just five months of age.

 

Water droplets on plants

Plants are 'in touch' with the world around them

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The simple act of water droplets landing on a leaf causes an elaborate response inside of plants, scientists at The University of Western Australia have found.

Deregulation of Australian wheat export market not responsible for high price volatility

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The 2008 deregulation of the Australian wheat export market did not induce a permanent change in wheat prices, according to a study published by agricultural economists at The University of Western Australia.

Mr Reece Curwen conducted the study as part of his Honours degree at UWA and was supervised by Dr Amin Mugera and Associate Professor Ben White from UWA’s School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture.

Suburban Sexscapes book cover

Suburban Sexscapes book wins national planning award

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Australia’s first edited book about urban planning and the sex industry has received national recognition from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Professor Richard Hobbs

Ecological Society of America honours UWA ecologist

Monday, 23 May 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Professor Richard Hobbs has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to the field of ecology with Honorary Membership of the prestigious Ecological Society of America.

Sea turtle hatchling

Scientists measure impact of artificial light on sea turtles

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Parks and Wildlife has found new evidence that there is an impact from artificial light on the survival of wild sea turtle hatchlings.