Watching live plants under the microscope.  Photo:  Joshua Mylne

Moving genes have scientists seeing spots

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

An international team of scientists led by the UK's John Innes Centre and including scientists from Australia, Japan, the US and France has perfected a way of watching genes move within a living plant cell.

A soil researcher talking to a farmer

Digging deeper for soil carbon storage

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Many surface soils in Western Australia are already storing as much carbon as they can, according to research at The University of Western Australia and in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and grower groups.

Associate Professor Phil Vercoe

Sustainable agriculture project wins Eureka award

Friday, 6 September 2013

A sustainable grazing system using native perennial shrubs to feed livestock and developed by Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre has won the Caring for our Country Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture.

Minister for International Development visits 'Seeds of Life' project in Timor-Leste

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Federal Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, has used a recent overseas visit to inspect the Seeds of Life project in Timor-Leste.

Applecross SHS Year 9 student Georgia Hagger at UWA Future Farm

Lambs to woo Future Farm scientists

Monday, 2 September 2013

It was perfect timing for many of 40 Year 9 students from Applecross Senior High School - some who had never been on a farm before - who visited The University of Western Australia's Future Farm 2050 recently.

Assistant Professor Michael Considine

Solving secrets of the wine cellar

Friday, 30 August 2013

Cutting-edge technology is being used by researchers at The University of Western Australia and Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) to identify differences in the top Cabernet Sauvignon grape clones to benefit the local wine industry and consumers.

Pingelly Field Day to showcase cutting-edge Future Farm science

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A giant inflatable plant cell, world experts on farm production and smarter ways to grow crops and produce livestock sustainably in increasingly hotter, drier conditions will headline a big program of events at this year's UWA Future Farm 2050 Field Day at Pingelly on Friday September 6.

Winthrop Professor Stephen Powles

Guerilla tactics to target war on weeds: world expert

Monday, 26 August 2013

There is no ‘silver bullet' from the chemical industry to control farmers' biggest enemy, weeds - just ask the man known in agricultural circles as ‘the undeniable global leader in herbicide resistance'.

UWA rankings leap higher in Centenary Year

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The University of Western Australia has risen to fourth place nationally and now ranks 91st in the world following today's release of the world's foremost performance indicator, the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Microscope-in-a-needle team

Breast cancer and landcare projects make Eureka award finals

Friday, 9 August 2013

A microscope-in-a-needle device to detect breast cancer and a collaborative sustainable grazing system project have earned researchers at The University of Western Australia a place in the finals of the Australian Museum's annual Eureka Prizes - the most prestigious prizes in Australian science.

Annisa, plant biologist

Stressed plants say it with flowers

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

With the world's population expected to reach nine billion by 2050 and hotter, drier conditions due to climate change, researchers are racing against time to develop new crop varieties and to ensure there will be enough food to feed the planet.

Spider mites

Fertilisers play key role in reducing crop pests

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

While "preventative medicine" is well-known in human health, it's becoming a buzz word in crop production as researchers discover how the risks of damage by pests and diseases may increase if crops don't get enough nutrients to protect themselves.

Bee keepers at work

New grants are the bees knees for one-third of what we eat

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A leading international bee expert who has teamed with local beekeepers and experts has been awarded nearly $600,000 to help combat a global decline in bee health that threatens world food production.

Shenton students in Beijing

A stellar team from Shenton College

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Forget reading, writing and arithmetic - five bright high school students are light years away from such mundane subjects.

 

Dr Terry Enright

Grains champion to chair UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board

Monday, 10 June 2013

Western Australian grain and livestock producer Terry Enright has been appointed Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia.

Vance Matthews (left) and Kevin Croft enjoying coffee in moderation

The right amount of coffee

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Western Australian researchers hoping to demonstrate improved cardiovascular function among coffee lovers have found that drinking too much of the popular brew may actually be linked to worsening of the metabolic syndrome.

Professsor Paul Johnson (left) at the Centre's launch, Lanzhou University

UWA-China link to boost sustainable food production in drylands

Friday, 24 May 2013

With food security and sustainable food production an increasingly pressing concern for a booming global population, agricultural experts from The University of Western Australia have teamed up with their Chinese counterparts at Lanzhou University to step up research into dryland agricultural production.

Strawberry fields forever and fungus-free

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Strawberries are one of the most economically important berry crops in the world, and a high value export crop for the Australian horticultural industry.

Dr Yinglong Chen

Getting to the root of better crops

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The more crop scientists know about how plant roots take up water and nutrients, the better able they will be to develop crop plants with roots that can cope with challenging soil and environmental conditions.

Assistant Professor Andrew Guzzomi with sandalwood tree seeds on seed meter

UWA engineers tackle precision seeding challenge for sandalwood

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Researchers behind a new study into the precision metering of the sandalwood tree's large and irregular seed believe engineering could drive a revolution to meet Australia's agricultural needs.