Despite the Water Corporation's heavy investment in desalination, groundwater replenishment and changes to groundwater management, important water law reforms are required to respond to pressure from climate change and population growth on the State's invaluable groundwater resources, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.
An engineering researcher from The University of Western Australia has won an Australian Government science and innovation award for young people in agriculture to develop an intelligent sensor which will help detect water stress in grapevines in real time.
An internationally recognised plant nutrition expert, an Arts/Law graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from The University of Western Australia have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2014, joining an elite worldwide group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners in its ranks.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have established the first Critical Zone Observatory in the southern hemisphere joining an international think tank to learn more about the earth's outer skin.
Crop disease costs Australia millions of dollars every year and threatens Western Australia's annual yield of 11 million tonnes of wheat worth $2.8 billion. Researchers at The University of Western Australia believe they can lower the risk if they teach farmers and farm consultants, or agronomists, how better to recognise a problem in their crops as soon as they see it. Ninety per cent of WA farmers consult an agronomist.
Two early career researchers from The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Science have won an international award for Research Excellence from the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Two climate change projects led by The University of Western Australia - one a study into reporting on climate change in the media and another focusing on the challenge of ancient soils under modern land use - have been chosen for funding by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).
A wild Australian native fruit with 10 times more vitamin C than oranges and rich in healthy anti-oxidants will be studied by scientists led from The University of Western Australia to help develop as a potentially lucrative international cash crop for Aboriginal communities.
Rising socioeconomic expectations, low incomes in agriculture and increasing economic opportunities in urban areas are causing an ever-growing number of Chinese from rural households to turn to the city for better paid jobs to supplement their farming income.
Professor Ryan Lister, a genome biologist and Future Fellow in the ARC Centre for Excellence in Plant Energy Biology has been recognised as Western Australia's brightest young scientist in the 2013 Tall Poppy Awards.
Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Gilkes, former Winthrop Professor of Soil Science and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia was recently presented with a Crawford Fund medal for his lifetime contribution to research supervision and mentoring of overseas students.