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Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Dr Laura Boykin

TED Fellowship for Australian computational biologist

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Passionate and engaging Australian researcher Laura Boykin has been named as the only Australia-based TED Fellow for 2015.

Jarrah forest resists changes in climate

Monday, 15 December 2014

A long-term study into jarrah forest (Eucalyptus marginata) establishment at restored mine sites has found that they are in fact resistant to climate variability.

From left to right – Amber Balfour-Cunningham and Charlotte Patrick

Clean-up work continues thanks to scholarship

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A scholarship that honours the memory of a respected member of the contaminated land consultants' community has been awarded to two science students from The University of Western Australia.

Wheat affected by wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV)

Breakthrough in understanding wheat virus epidemics improves control options

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the world protect their wheat crops from a devastating disease and major yield losses.

Early sea urchin embryos

Female sea urchins hedge their bets in the mating game

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Sleeping around pays off for females, according to an international team of evolutionary biologists.

Mark Loquan, Yara Pilbara CEO (left) and UWA Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Johnson

UWA teams with Yara for free agricultural course

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Students around the world will be able to enrol for a free six week online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature thanks to a sponsorship arrangement between Yara Pilbara and The University of Western Australia.

Mary-Anne Lowe and Fraser Stewart

Smart legacy in agriculture continues

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Two science honours students at The University of Western Australia - one from Toodyay and the other from Bunbury - have achieved their goals of contributing to Australian agriculture having been awarded the Sir Eric Smart Scholarship for Agricultural Research through UWA's Institute of Agriculture.

The jujube fruit or Chinese date

Chinese wonder fruit genome to aid world fruit breeding

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The jujube fruit or Chinese date, known for its outstanding properties has been sequenced for the first time by a researcher from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with colleagues in China.

Professor Ryan Lister

Medicine and agriculture to benefit from work of UWA's Australian Life Scientist of the Year

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A young scientist whose work at The University of Western Australia has the potential to improve our understanding of the human brain, transform stem-cell medicine and revolutionise agriculture has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Invitation to explore the deep ocean

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Join The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies in a celebration of our ocean community at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle next weekend (Saturday 25 October 2014).

WUN delegates

UWA commits to sustainable farming

Monday, 29 September 2014

The University of Western Australia and a group of leading international organisations has agreed to work towards developing a plan for the sustainable management of ruminant livestock through a global network of model farms  known as the ‘Global Farm Platform'.

Acacia patches

Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity

Friday, 26 September 2014

For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others.  Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have now found an answer to this long-standing question.

Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

Diet affects sperm competitiveness

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

Mandy Trueman and Galapagos tortoise

Galapagos invasion is global warning

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A new study led by a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia has revealed that parts of the iconic Galapagos Islands have been overrun by invasive plants from other parts of the world.

Professor Ian Small

UWA success at Premier’s Science Awards

Friday, 22 August 2014

The University of Western Australia's strength in science was recognised last night when its staff won two major categories in the 2014 Premier's Science Awards and a former UWA Vice-Chancellor was inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.

Phil Vercoe, Craig Lawrence and Peter Davies

WA researchers succeed in breeding rare fish

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia and Western Australia's Department of Fisheries have bred one of Australia's rarest fish - the critically endangered Western Trout Minnow.

Winthop Hall Undercroft

UWA climbs higher in world rankings

Friday, 15 August 2014

In just 12 months, The University of Western Australia has climbed three places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to be placed at 88th in the world.

Honeybee

Bees, explorers, dark matter and micro-theses mark National Science Week

Thursday, 14 August 2014

An Oscar-nominated documentary on the relationship between humankind and bees, the hunt for dark matter, a fascinating three minute thesis competition and the world's greatest journey of survival will feature in events being hosted by The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Science to mark National Science Week.

Professor Kadambot Siddique and team

World’s largest drought resistance experiment on chickpeas under way at UWA

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance.

Professor Jacqueline Batley

Australian agriculture builds on world expertise

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

One of the world’s leading institutes for agricultural research has just added another international expert to its stable of scientists working to breed more resilient crops and increase Australia’s primary industry competitiveness.