Bread wheat pangenome uncovered

Researchers find the dark matter of the bread wheat genome

Monday, 6 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified 21,000 new genes in bread wheat.

The discovery is a big step forward in the continued improvement of bread wheat, which provides roughly one fifth of the world’s food.

Professor David Edwards from UWA’s School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Agriculture led a team in assembling the pangenome of bread wheat. The pangenome includes all the genes for a species rather than a single individual.

Vote card

Trump and the truth: A study of political misinformation

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A study led by researchers at The University of Western Australia has found that people who supported Donald Trump were more likely to believe information if they were told President Trump said it, and if it was later proved to be false, that didn’t affect their intention to vote for him.

Katharina Belt

Tiny mutation makes plants less resistant to stressful conditions

Friday, 24 February 2017

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified a tiny mutation in plants that can influence how well a plant recovers from stressful conditions, and ultimately impact a plant’s survival.

Dr Shanta Barley

New study finds overfishing of sharks may have already impacted our coral reefs

Thursday, 23 February 2017

A study by marine biologists at The University of Western Australia has found that fishing by Indonesian shark hunters may have resulted in changes to fish communities on a major reef off Western Australia’s North-West coast.

Planet Bernard

Minor planet named Bernard

Friday, 17 February 2017

A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen from today after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body.

Research to help fight multi-resistant bacteria

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

An international collaboration led by scientists from The University of Western Australia has uncovered the three-dimensional molecular structure of a protein, called EptA, which is responsible for multi-drug resistance in many disease-causing bacteria.

Anne Gaunt

Research to help students in remission from cancer

Friday, 10 February 2017

Research from The University of Western Australia has found more needs to be done to help teachers support students returning to school after cancer treatment.

Cardiovascular damage

Study shows long-term implications of amphetamine use

Friday, 10 February 2017

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia has shown the detrimental effects of long-term amphetamine use on the vascular system.

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.