Dr Lei Li and Harvey Millar

Teaching plants to be better spenders

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists from The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops.     

Honey bees

Bees give up searching for food when we degrade their land

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A new study into honey bees has revealed the significant effect human impact has on a bee’s metabolism, and ultimately its survival.

Lung research

Researchers discover new genes that affect lung function

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in collaboration with the Busselton Health Study are part of an international team that have identified 43 new genes that affect lung function. The breakthrough will lead to a better understanding of how to prevent diseases and problems associated with lung functioning.

Why some people are taller

Why some people are taller than others

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have been involved in the largest ever international research collaboration to identify genes associated with height.

Dr Owens with infant lung function machine

Infant lung function a predictor of adult asthma

Monday, 30 January 2017

A new study by The University of Western Australia has found that reduced lung function in infants is an accurate predictor of persistent asthma in young adults.

Non-stressed wheat growing in glasshouse

A novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat

Monday, 23 January 2017

New insight into how different wheat varieties respond to drought, published by researchers from The University of Western Australia, shows a novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat.

Research on babies undergoing anaesthesia

Trial determines safest airway device for babies in surgery

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A ground-breaking Western Australian medical trial, involving babies with breathing problems, has determined that a laryngeal mask (a medical device that keeps a patient's airway open) is the preferred option over an endotracheal tube during minor surgical procedures.

Professor Dawn Freshwater

UWA announces new Vice-Chancellor

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Ruby seadragon

Researchers capture first glimpse of ruby seadragons in the wild

Friday, 13 January 2017

A scientific expedition off the coast of Western Australia led to researchers from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography catching a rare glimpse of the newly discovered ruby seadragon in the wild.

Plant diversity

How soil organisms can help plant species coexist

Friday, 13 January 2017

A new study of shrublands in Southwest Australia has identified how plant species can successfully coexist while competing for space and limited resources.