Professor Carol Bower

Awards and achievements - October 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Test tubes

UWA finalists announced in Premier's Science Awards

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ten academics from The University of Western Australia have been announced as finalists in the 2017 Premier’s Science Awards.

Dr Owen Duncan

Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security

Thursday, 20 April 2017

University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.

Amy James

Protein doppelgangers are long-lost cousins

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A 60-year-old mystery has been solved by biochemists at The University of Western Australia investigating the origin of a type of digestion-inhibiting proteins thought only to exist in two plant families that contain the important legume and cereal crops.

Dr Lei Li and Harvey Millar

Teaching plants to be better spenders

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists from The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops.     

Andrew Guzzomi

UWA flaming seed team, finalists in WA Innovator of the Year competition

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia who invented a new technique for ‘flaming’ wild seeds have been nominated as finalists in the WA Innovator of the Year competition.

Wheat affected by wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV)

Breakthrough in understanding wheat virus epidemics improves control options

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the world protect their wheat crops from a devastating disease and major yield losses.

Professor Kadambot Siddique and team

World’s largest drought resistance experiment on chickpeas under way at UWA

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance.

Canola testing

Plant researchers sow seeds of major disease breakthrough

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Breakthrough research carried out by The University of Western Australia and scientists in India and China has established that oilseed varieties resistant to the devastating fungal disease Sclerotinia can be bred readily.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Associate Professor Ramin Rafiei

National innovation award for ground-breaking water stress sensor

Thursday, 6 March 2014

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.

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.

New sweet potatoes turn to 'gold' for Timor-Leste

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The golden flesh of new sweet potato varieties is proving to be very valuable in one of the world's poorest nations, Timor-Leste.

Chickpea breakthrough aims to feed millions

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Millions of people in developing countries may benefit from a breakthrough in chickpea farming thanks to an international project involving a researcher from The University of Western Australia.

Mingenew Irwin Group spring field day

New chickpeas set to revive Australian pulse industry

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Two new varieties of chickpea developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia are expected to take the Indian market by storm and turn the tide for an industry that has struggled to recover from a devastating disease that first hit the Western Australian crop in 1999.

Measuring soil salinity

Salt-tolerant chickpea project to boost crop production

Monday, 9 July 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with research partners overseas, have identified which lines of chickpea grow better in moderately salty soil.

Photo of Rob Williams with large cassava roots

CLIMA researcher receives Order of Australia (OAM)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Mr Rob Williams, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at UWA, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the Queens Birthday in June, 2012.

UWA Winthrop Professor Neil Turner (3rd from right) receives his Dunhuang Award

No turning back on UWA relationship with China

Friday, 7 October 2011

Winthrop Professor Neil Turner, from The University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture, has received the prestigious Dunhuang Award from the Gansu People’s Provincial Government as part of the 62nd anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China.

Project leader Janine Croser, left, and research technician, Kylie Edwards

Research aims to speed up lupin, lentil breeding

Thursday, 9 December 2010

New research funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) aims to give plant breeders the tools to significantly speed up the delivery of improved lupin and lentil varieties to growers.

ARC Linkage funding for CLIMA

New ARC Linkage funding for CLIMA project

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

A method to measure methanogenic potential of plants in rumen fluid and improving the quality of pasture legume Trifolium subterraneum (subterranean clover) in Australia is among techniques that will be employed in a project supported in round two of the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme.

Camelina:  a new crop to consider

Ancient crop may be a lifeline for farmers

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A hardy ancient Russian oilseed crop could prove a lifeline for farmers in marginal regions of the State, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.