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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.