Wheat

Genetic diversity improves yield in hybrid crop varieties

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have discovered that high levels of genetic diversity and dominant genes in grain crops such as wheat, barley or rice leads to the production of greater yields in hybrid varieties.

Paula Cartwright taking water samples in Exmouth Gulf

How climate affects coastal waters of Exmouth Gulf

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are a step closer to learning how climate patterns have affected the coastal waters of the Exmouth Gulf with a multi-year study nearing completion.

Indigenous dentistry graduates

Three female Indigenous students graduate in Doctor of Dental Medicine

Friday, 13 December 2019

Three Indigenous women were among 232 students to graduate at a ceremony held today in The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall.

Pregnant woman

Mentally ill at risk of dangerous pregnancy complication

Thursday, 30 May 2019

New research by Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia has revealed that women with severe mental illness have a greater chance of developing a serious medical complication during pregnancy.

Ship engraving

Pilbara ship engraving may depict British ship Mermaid in 1818

Thursday, 16 May 2019

A team of archaeologists has discovered a depiction of a British naval ship carved onto a boulder on an island in the Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Engraving by American whalers on Dampier archipelago

American whalers left rock engravings in Pilbara in 1840s

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A team of archaeologists from The University of Western Australia working with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and mining company Rio Tinto have discovered that Indigenous people were not the only ones to leave their mark in the Dampier Archipelago.

Dr Harriet Paterson with nurdles

Volunteers needed to collect plastic pellets from South Coast

Friday, 26 October 2018

The University of Western Australia’s Albany Campus is seeking volunteers to collect tiny plastic pellets, known as ‘nurdles’, which have washed up on the South Coast after a massive spill off the South African coast in October last year.

Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops

Friday, 19 October 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.

Common kelp

Great Southern Reef to lose huge seaweed habitat to ocean warming

Monday, 1 October 2018

Research into the future of Australia’s “other reef” – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.

Research finds Aboriginals lived in Western Desert 50,000 years ago

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Archaeologists from The University of Western Australia working with Traditional Custodians from the Birriliburru Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) have recovered evidence that people lived in the Australian arid zone 50,000 years ago.

VC and students

Pilbara students get an insight into university life

Friday, 1 June 2018

More than 400 high school students in the Pilbara have had a taste of university life as staff from The University of Western Australia visited the North-West.

Main street of Mt Magnet

Rural cancer patients hit with major out-of-expenses

Monday, 7 May 2018

Rural Western Australian cancer patients experience significant out-of-pocket expenses during cancer treatment according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Fish head credit Jonathan Mitchell

Shark bite-off rates revealed at Ningaloo

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia have quantified the number of shark bite-offs of recreationally caught fish in the Ningaloo region.

Fish eye

Shark declines can lead to fish with smaller eyes and tails

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered evidence of body shape changes in fish due to shark population declines from overfishing.

Humpback dolphin

Male dolphins offer gifts to attract females

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have captured a rare sexual display: evidence of male humpback dolphins presenting females with large marine sponges in an apparent effort to mate.

UWA researchers

Research measures Indigenous outcomes in the Kimberley and Pilbara

Friday, 20 October 2017

A study commissioned by the State Government and carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia has provided the first detailed analysis of government service provision and expenditure in the Kimberley and the Pilbara and its impact on Indigenous communities.

Waves at Torbay in Albany

New UWA-led wave energy centre to be established in Albany

Friday, 6 October 2017

WA’s renewable energy future has received a boost with the State Government awarding $3.75 million to The University of Western Australia to establish a new wave energy centre in Albany.

Mental health partnership

New partnership to improve workplace mental health

Friday, 22 September 2017

Researchers at The University Western Australia are to team up with the Western Australian Mental Health Commission to assist workplaces to promote and support employees’ mental health.

Blue sharks have made underwater canyons their home

Researchers discover Australian canyons are hotspots for fish life

Friday, 25 August 2017

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia has found that underwater canyons may be critical and overlooked habitats for many commercially valuable species of fish such as tuna, swordfish and mackerel.

Starfish

275 million-year-old starfish fossil found in Western Australia

Monday, 14 August 2017

A research team led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a 275 million-year-old fossilised starfish-like creature in the north-west town of Gascoyne Junction.