Seeds of Life Field Day

UWA takes large steps to eradicate hunger in Timor Leste

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The number of people experiencing hunger in Timor Leste has reduced dramatically thanks to an enormously successful agricultural project led by The University of Western Australia.

Strictly (Mining) Boardroom

Strictly Boardroom: Fresh insights for mining company directors

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Aspiring members of mining company boards have a new weapon in their toolkit: Strictly (Mining) Boardroom – A Practitioner’s Guide for Next Generation Directors.

Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Medical researcher wins top British award

Monday, 13 June 2016

One of Western Australia’s brightest medical scientists has been recognised with a prestigious award by the British Pharmacological Society.

Aman, Graham and May

Seaweed extract to reduce chemicals in gas and oil production

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are aiming to prevent calcium scale in oil and gas pipelines through the innovative use of an environmentally friendly seaweed extract.

Hydrogen gas cloud

Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy

Thursday, 2 June 2016

An international team of scientists has pushed the limits of radio astronomy to detect a faint signal emitted by hydrogen gas in a galaxy more than five billion light years away—almost double the previous record.

Professor Varshney

Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic 'super' peanuts

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.

Professor Tim Inglis

Researcher wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award funding

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Medical microbiologist Professor Tim Inglis has been awarded US$100,000 (A$138,160) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a screening test that will detect antibiotic resistance and ensure the right antibiotics can be prescribed.

Maize-faba bean intercropping system in China

Intercropping maize and faba bean: the root of agro-diversity

Monday, 30 May 2016

Growing maize with faba bean enhances ecosystem productivity and has important implications for developing sustainable agriculture, according to research at China Agricultural University, Beijing and The University of Western Australia.

The breakthrough research, recently published in the prestigious journal PNAS, revealed that when faba bean and maize are intercropped, root interactions between the two species boosted faba bean biomass and grain by a staggering 35% and 61%, respectively.

Complex root tips could be the key to helping crops grow

Friday, 27 May 2016

A new study into the seemingly simple tip of a plant root may ultimately decrease our dependence on crop fertilisers to help grow food, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Two-year-old Robbie with his parents. Picture by Nic Ellis

In the news

Friday, 27 May 2016

Associate Director of the Marshall Centre Assoc Prof Charlene Kahler made the news this week, speaking out about lifesaving vaccines. The UWA researcher specialising in meningococcal disease is backing calls for a government-funded vaccine against the B strain.


The West Australian is following the story of two-year-old Robbie Buchan who lost his hands and feet after developing the disease when he was aged just five months of age.