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.
Chickpea has emerged as Australia's most important cool season grain legume, according to the ABARES 2012 season crop data - and new disease-resistant varieties are expected to revive and develop a profitable chickpea industry in Western Australia.
More carbon will sometimes be stored in forests if a bigger variety of tree species is planted along with key species - such as nitrogen fixing trees - that are known to contribute strongly to carbon storage, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.
The threat to food production as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change has triggered a collaboration between two of the hottest countries in the world to determine how future livestock production is about to be affected.