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.

Grow your own dress at UWA

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

It smells like red wine and feels like sludge when wet, but the cotton-like cellulose dress ‘grown’ at the Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia (UWA), fits snugly as a second skin.

The unique bacterial fermented dress, made from wine, could mark the start of fabrics fermented by living microbes entering the $229.5 billion per annum Australian fabric manufacturing industry.

UWA ag students simply irresistible

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

With an abundance of tertiary disciplines available, students can find it hard to choose an undergraduate degree that will set them up with exciting, fulfilling careers.

Tarnya Fowler and Natalie Maguire made the right choice studying at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), securing good jobs before graduating and now working in WA’s $2 billion grain industry.

Edible sheep shelter

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

It may seem odd that the best way for newborns to survive is for their mothers to eat their way out of house and home, but for Australia’s sheep this may help boost their flock beyond 100 million.
 
A revolutionary grazing technique trialled by scientists at the Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia (UWA), could help Australia’s sheep flock meet the growing demand for prime lamb by increasing the 381,839 tonnes (05/06) it annually produces.