Hobbits may be human, says researchers

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Researchers from RMIT University and The University of Western Australia have put forward a new theory for the origins of the hobbit-like fossils found on the Indonesian island of Flores, suggesting their primitive features are the result of environmental nutritional deficiency.

UWA welcomes funding for its scientific endeavours

Friday, 29 February 2008

The University of Western Australia has welcomed the State Government's recognition of the key role its scientists play in the bid for one of the biggest science projects of the 21st century.

Heat on white rust in mustard

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Researchers from the School of Plant Biology at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) have identified useful sources of resistance to white rust in Brassica juncea mustard germplasm sourced from Australia, China and India.

White rust affects cruciferous plants, which include the cabbage family, and the infection can be local, appearing as white pustules on leaves, stems and floral parts, or systemic, as abnormal distorted growth of stems, pods and flowers, which is commonly referred to as stagheads. Flowers displaying staghead formation are sterile.

School balls not fun for all, says UWA anthropologist

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

For many parents, text books, biros, new school shoes and uniforms are minor expenses compared to the cost of the upper school ball, an event increasingly being scheduled early in the school year.

UWA lecture shines light on medical treatment

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

The use and application of light in medical diagnosis and treatment will be the subject of a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia next week.

CLIMA consolidates as new director commences

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

William Erskine, Assistant Director General (Research) at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria for the last seven years, has commenced as Director of the Centre for Legumes In Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) as it consolidates its third phase as a research centre within The University of Western Australia (UWA).

WA farmers benefit from UWA winning students' work

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Western Australian farmers are likely to benefit from the research of two award-winning PhD students from The University of Western Australia, Megan Chadwick and Weihua Chen.

They have won travelling fellowships honouring the former Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Dr Mike Carroll. The scholarships will enable them to enrich their postgraduate studies with overseas and interstate study tours.

RSPCA history recorded by UWA will add to understanding of WA's past

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

The recording of an oral history of the RSPCA (WA) by a researcher from The University of Western Australia will do more than provide information about one of the State’s first institutions, according to the Director of UWA’s Centre for Western Australian History, Dr Jean Chetkovich. “Human interaction with animals has always existed and the way in which animals are regarded and treated by a society gives a unique view of that society,” Dr Chetkovich said. Although instituted more than a century ago, there is no written history of the RSPCA. The recording of oral archives, funded by a grant from Lotterywest, is the first step towards this goal.

WA rainbowfish may further understanding of evolution, claims UWA researcher

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

One of WA’s most widespread freshwater fish, the western rainbowfish, may yield new insight into the processes of species evolution, thanks to PhD candidate Michael Young (24), a researcher in The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology in the School of Animal Biology.

Dr Mark Cregan and his research team

Stem cell discovery: another reason why breast is best

Thursday, 17 January 2008

New scientific research has found another compelling reason for women to breastfeed their babies – the discovery of stem cells in human breast milk.

Dr Mark Cregan and his team at The University of Western Australia’s School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences are working to dispel the myth of equality between infant formulae and human breast milk by demonstrating the unique bioactive nature of the latter for infants.