Researchers at The University of Western Australia are encouraging farmers in south-western Australia to increase organic matter in soils over the long-term, through a study they published showing it can improve grain yield without substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions.
Increasing soil organic matter in agricultural soils can increase crop productivity and is a well-known strategy for sequestering carbon dioxide to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, it may enhance nitrous oxide emissions.
In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia and The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have published a study that will allow chickpea breeders and researches to develop new chickpea varieties with improved adaptation to target environments.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a super-fast breeding system in the cereals oat and triticale, which will help breeders make crop improvements in half the time as conventionally required.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have discovered that hot and dry climatic conditions can limit the organic carbon build up in soil, which can decrease crop productivity and limit measures to offset greenhouse emissions.
The weird and wonderful world of biology will be on display at a series of free workshops and events open to the public at The University of Western Australia on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, as part of National Science Week.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Newcastle University (UK) have discovered copper levels in the soil affect the delicate balance of microbes responsible for soil nitrification, which affects how well crops grow.
A team of marine scientists led by The University of Western Australia have uncovered the extinction of a kelp forest ecosystem along 100 kilometres of Western Australia’s coastline, following a heatwave that occurred in 2011.
Pioneering research into understanding how to best manage green spaces using limited water allocations has been acknowledged for outstanding research achievement at the 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards.
Growing maize with faba bean enhances ecosystem productivity and has important implications for developing sustainable agriculture, according to research at China Agricultural University, Beijing and The University of Western Australia.
The breakthrough research, recently published in the prestigious journal PNAS, revealed that when faba bean and maize are intercropped, root interactions between the two species boosted faba bean biomass and grain by a staggering 35% and 61%, respectively.
The University of Western Australia’s Professor Richard Hobbs has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to the field of ecology with Honorary Membership of the prestigious Ecological Society of America.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have invented a new technique for ‘flaming’ wild seeds that could allow them to be used more easily in replanting large tracts of land such as reclaimed mine sites.
Farmers in southwest Western Australia will welcome research published by researchers at The University of Western Australia and grower groups, which suggests that light grazing of sheep on crop residues over summer has little impact on the following no-tillage crops.
Dr Ken Flower from UWA’s School of Plant Biology and Institute of Agriculture led the study to determine if summer grazing of residue impacts the following crop yields in the no-tillage system.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have raised concerns about the whereabouts of the world’s biggest whale sharks after finding that the largest sharks observed in recent years were smaller than those recorded more than a decade ago.
Research by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and partners from Australian and international institutions has shown that fish, corals and trees in north-west Australia respond to climate change with simultaneous growth patterns.