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Natural and Agricultural Sciences

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.

Illustration of brain

Could your brain be reprogrammed to work better?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have shown that electromagnetic stimulation can alter brain organisation which may make your brain work better.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, Mahmudur Rahman and Professor William Erski

Lentils provide breakthrough in disease prevention

Monday, 4 August 2014

A PhD student has made a significant breakthrough in preventing a global deficiency of the essential mineral and micronutrient in humans called selenium, which has been linked to the possible incidence of some diseases, including some cancers, viral infections, suppression of HIV progression to AIDS, heart disease and male infertility.

Premier's Science Awards

Strong showing of UWA finalists in Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Three eminent researchers from The University of Western Australia have been named among the finalists for the 2014 Scientist of the Year to be announced at the Premier's Science Awards on 21 August during National Science Week, Australia's largest annual celebration of science.

Western Swamp Tortoise

Slow but sure progress to tortoise milestone

Monday, 14 July 2014

One of the world's rarest tortoises and Australia's most endangered reptile, the tiny Western Swamp Tortoise, has been brought back from the brink of extinction by some passionate conservationists including a team from The University of Western Australia.

Bryce Bevan with horse Eiffel

Indigenous student tops in sport of kings

Friday, 4 July 2014

A young Albany Indigenous man who recently completed his Honours at The University of Western Australia is about to embark on a scholarship that will enable him to be part of the international thoroughbred industry.

Brenda Coutts

National recognition for UWA research student

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A PhD student, whose research on plant viruses has resulted in advances in the potato industry, has been named Researcher of the Year by one of Australia's peak grower industry bodies.

Plastic pieces

Research needed to resolve fate of missing plastic debris

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Plastic pollution in the open ocean is widespread but less than predicted, according to a study published today in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Dr Christine Allen in Stirling Range National Park

Young plant rescuer on a mission

Friday, 27 June 2014

There are only 400 Stirling Range Wattles and 600 Kambellup Banksias alive in the wild - and a researcher at The University of Western Australia has devoted the last four years of her life to making sure the two species are not lost forever.

Brain Bee Champ Harman Sharma St Mary's College, Broome

Broome student is WA bid for Australia’s brainiest kid

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Year 10 student Harman Sharma from St Mary's College, Broome has won the WA championship and will now represent the State at the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

Komatiite outcrop near Mount Hunt

Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth's hottest lavas, the location of some of the largest ore deposits and the emergence of the first land masses on the planet - the continents - more than 2500 million years ago.

Professor Ian Small (left) and Winthrop Professor Harvey Millar

UWA scientists join world's most highly cited researchers

Monday, 23 June 2014

Six researchers from The University of Western Australia have been recognised as some of the most influential scientific minds in the world.

PhD student Arif Watto

Measuring efficiency on Pakistan’s cotton farms

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Research by a PhD student from UWA's School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture could help achieve greater efficiency in the farming of cotton, Pakistan's most important agricultural commodity.

Spider ingesting a fish

Fishing spiders leave human anglers in the shade

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Few people would know that spiders can catch and eat fish - sometimes fish more than twice as long and four times as heavy as them - yet it is a widespread phenomenon and the subject of a paper in the prestigious journal PLOS One published today.