Study reveals local council mergers depend on efficiency

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Local council mergers make economic sense only if bigger councils operate more efficiently than smaller ones, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique

Tough new varieties set to revive profitable chickpea industry

Friday, 25 October 2013

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.

Two-pronged approach to boost forest carbon storage

Monday, 21 October 2013

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.

Timely book reveals economic growth fails to end India's food crisis

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An economics professor from The University of Western Australia has co-authored a book examining India's chronic food security problem and the lessons it holds for the rest of the world.

Professor Shane Maloney (middle)

How will livestock react to global warming?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique

Agriculture expert wins top Chinese award

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A leading agricultural scientist and academic whose mission is to ‘feed the world' has been honoured with a prestigious award by China's Gansu Provincial Government for his outstanding contribution to research and leadership with within Gansu Province, especially Lanzhou University.

UWA PhD student Jessie Moniodis

Breakthrough discovery could result in fragrant golden harvest

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Sandalwood oil - the ‘golden harvest' - is one of the world's most valuable essential oils, but increased demand has caused natural populations of sandalwood trees to diminish over the past century through harvesting, grazing animals and disease.

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.