GM moratorium limits lupins

Thursday, 14 June 2007

When the current moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops is lifted, The University of Western Australia (UWA) has GM lupin lines with superior seed quality and yield readily available for wider testing and evaluation in the WA grainbelt.

According to UWA Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis Director, Professor Craig Atkins, sustaining cereal production through rotating legumes drove the UWA GM lupin breeding program, which commenced in 1992.

Three phase power to spark CLIMA

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Collaboration, innovation and legume performance remain the focus of Phase Three of the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) as it continues to provide WA graingrowers with sustainable and profitable outcomes.

Centred at UWA from July 1, CLIMA continues to collaborate with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA), CSIRO and Murdoch University, plus its international partners, to maintain the flow of new germplasm into WA farming systems.

UWA study focuses on teen sex issues

Monday, 11 June 2007

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are surveying secondary school students to find out what factors put young people at risk of unintended pregnancy and young parenthood.

Dr Rachel Skinner, from UWA’s School of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, said the Teen Relationships Study would involve high school students throughout the Perth metropolitan area.

Feeding Nemo - waves power giant reef filter

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Biological Oceanography team and the University of Sheffield (UK) have spent the last six weeks at Ningaloo reef tracking the fate of the microscopic plants and animals (plankton) transported to the reef by the waters of the adjacent Indian Ocean. 

They have found that the reef production is fed by wave-power from the sea, which pumps plankton cross the reef. 

Public-private partnerships for research and development

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Traditionally many OECD countries have relied on a mix of either private, entrepreneurially-led R&D or publicly-funded and delivered technology development.

However, an alternative model sees public-private partnerships (PPPs) supporting the research, development and commercialization of new knowledge and technologies.

Stressed out plants earn UWA researcher overseas ticket

Friday, 1 June 2007

PhD student Adam Carroll, from The University of Western Australian, is about to trade his bike for a jumbo jet as he travels around the world to present his research findings on how plants deal with environmental stress.

Mr Carroll cycles a 30km round-trip each day from his home in the Perth suburb of Nollamara to his laboratory at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, at The University of Western Australia.

Canola connections in China

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Collaborating with leading Chinese and Indian canola scientists in rapeseed breeding, pathology and agronomy could greatly benefit Australia’s oilseed industry.

In particular, WA growers may profit from India’s shatter-resistant pod research and China’s successful Sclerotinia resistance research.

Wallace Cowling, Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia (UWA) Institute of Agriculture and School of Plant Biology, said international collaboration could improve varieties and also canola biotechnology.

Telling no till tales

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Combining no tillage farming and integrated weed management (IWM) strategies can reduce graingrower reliance on herbicides and help create long term sustainable and profitable cropping practices.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) Institute of Agriculture graduate, Frank D’Emden, won the 2006 Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society (AARES) masters thesis prize for a study on southern Australian grain growers’ adoption of conservation tillage.

Genetic improvement value adds grain

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Improving genetics can shift grain from bulk commodity to value added opportunity, enhance profit margins and help differentiate grain products in a competitive global market place.

Profitable and sustainable grain production results from developing new varieties, using molecular markers to track traits, capitalising on new market opportunities and collaborating internationally.

Fat mums cycling together make more twins

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Increasing feed intake and synchronising merino ewes’ ovulation could stimulate a 20 per cent increase in twin lambings and lift the 380,000 tonnes of lamb produced annually across Australia.

With WA’s sheep flock at 25 million, the lowest in almost 70 years, reproductive research to assist farmers increase twin births will also boost incomes.