$775,000 boost for joint research efforts

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Research into honeybees, a clock for the Square Kilometre Array and the next generation ‘microscope in a needle' to find cancer will be among dozens of projects to receive a slice of almost $775,000 awarded by The University of Western Australia to collaborative research efforts across the globe.

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.

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'.

Winthrop Professor Carlos Duarte

Marine life on the move as oceans warm

Monday, 5 August 2013

Warming oceans are impacting the distribution and breeding patterns and habitat of marine life, re-arranging the broader marine landscape as species adjust to a changing climate, according to a three-year international study published today in Nature Climate Change.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Kingsley Dixon receiving his medal

Plant hero lauded

Monday, 27 May 2013

The life work, passion and achievements of a scientist with more than 20 years' experience in researching the ecology and conservation of Australian native plants and ecosystems have been recognised by one of the world's most prestigious scientific societies.

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.

Improved wheat yields

Plant biology advances rapidly to help feed the world

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A series of new discoveries in plant cell biology will help to increase the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population, according to 12 of the world's leading plant biologists.

Plight of bees to premiere in Perth for Honey Week

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

An acclaimed feature-length documentary that has wowed audiences in 21 European countries with footage of the intimate lives of honeybees has a strong connection to bee researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Wheat farmers to reap benefits of UWA public lecture

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Helping Australian farmers by improving the salt tolerance of wheat is the topic of this year's Hector and Andrew Stewart Memorial Lecture at The University of Western Australia.

Molecular study cuts the mustard for climate change

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

An ancient mustard plant that stars in modern Indian and Chinese cuisine - particularly in  pickles and mustard greens - and is an economically important oilseed crop has been studied internationally to improve commercial productivity.

Associate Professor Guijun Yan

Superfast plant breeding slashes production times

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Many plant breeding projects - such as those aiming to increase food production - depend on getting ‘pure lines' of plants but this can take a lot of time as, up until now, it depended on self-pollination for several generations.

Emma Downsborough

'Strong preference for local foods' study wins top award

Friday, 22 March 2013

There is a strong preference and demand for local food in WA, according to a researcher whose work earned her the highest award at a recent Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum (YPAF).

Stefan Andrews

Underwater film maker to make waves in the US

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A young marine biologist with a passion for diving and film making has been singled out as a future leader of the underwater environment as the 2013 Our World-Underwater Australasian Rolex Scholar.

Act local for the planet's health: experts

Friday, 1 March 2013

The idea of a planetary tipping point - where ecological systems around the world shift radically and irreversibly into decline - could lead unnecessarily to dangerous complacency or dread of catastrophe, according to an ecologist from The University of Western Australia.

Carbon cluster map

$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potential

Friday, 22 February 2013

Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.

Ecologists propose 4-point plan for global land restoration

Friday, 1 February 2013

The United Nations aims to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land world-wide by 2020 - but restoration ecologists at The University of Western Australia warn this will prove to be a significant challenge unless people understand it will take more than simply planting trees.

UWA research officer Sam Flottmann measures turf colour. Photo: Louise Barton

Investigating best water practices for Perth's parks and ovals

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Scientists are trying to find out how to keep public parks and ovals green while using less water.