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Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

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UWA ranked top in Australia in five STEM subjects

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has achieved the highest ranking among all Australian universities for five STEM subjects, according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject.

Professors Blakeney and Siddique in the field with farmers

How local knowledge contributes to agricultural innovation

Friday, 26 June 2020

The contribution of local knowledge and intellectual property to agricultural innovation and food security has been examined in a book published this week by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Local Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Agricultural Innovation published by Springer was compiled by Professor Michael Blakeney from UWA’s Law School and Hackett Professor of Agriculture Kadambot Siddique, Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Australian native rat

Mapping the genome could help in race to save native rat

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have unveiled a genetic analysis of an endangered native rodent, which could help researchers and conservation authorities better understand how to protect the Australian species. 

Matthias Leopold

Glacier hazards on the increase in the warming world

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

A global team of scientists including The University of Western Australia has found glacier detachments, which are highly destructive events, may occur more frequently as the world warms.

Characeans

Aquatic plants likely to undergo dramatic changes

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Some freshwater plants are expected to undergo radical changes as bicarbonate concentrations increase in lakes due to acidification, deforestation and use of nitrogen fertilisers according to a new study led by The University of Western Australia.

Power plant cooling towers during the day

Experts tackle climate change: ideas for a state policy

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Leading State and international climate change experts will examine impacts including climate change and child health, liveable towns and cities and living within the carbon budget at a symposium to be held at The University of Western Australia next Monday 11 November.

Student field trip

Digging deep for mine rehabilitation

Monday, 14 October 2019

Improving environmental management during mine rehabilitation and closure was the focus of a week-long field course for environmental science students from The University of Western Australia and mineral engineering students from Canada’s University of Toronto.

Mine-site rehabilitation

Report aims to improve best practice in mine rehabilitation

Thursday, 29 August 2019

A first-of-its-kind report led by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute aims to improve mining industry practice of how to define and measure successful mine-site rehabilitation criteria.

Two sheep standing in paddock

Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

Monday, 22 July 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to Australian blowflies.

Sheep and lambs

Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found.

Rajeev Varshney in chickpea field

Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A global study led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and involving scientists from The University of Western Australia has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas.

UWA researchers helping Australian sheep producers tackle high-oestrogen clovers

UWA researchers helping Australian sheep producers tackle high-oestrogen clovers

Monday, 15 April 2019

A team of researchers at The University of Western Australia are working together with farmers to tackle an issue which could have a devastating impact on Australian sheep producers.

Students inspired by agricultural science at UWA Future Farm

Students inspired by agricultural science at UWA Future Farm

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Breaking the city-country divide, Year 12 Geography students from Penrhos College recently had their third annual field day at The University of Western Australia’s Ridgefield Farm in Pingelly.

Wheat

Discovery to help wheat cope with salty soils

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered two enzymes that explain the sensitivity of wheat plants to salty soils.

Diversified cropping

Best practices for agriculture under climate change

Friday, 1 March 2019

A global team including researchers from The University of Western Australian have determined the best practices for managing agricultural land while minimising environmental impacts.

Jacqui Batley

Plant scientist awarded Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science

Thursday, 28 February 2019

A plant scientist from The University of Western Australia who made significant breakthroughs in disease resistance in the oilseed crop canola has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Kadambot Siddique

First Australian elected to African Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Western Australian academic Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, is the first Australian to be elected fellow of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops

Friday, 19 October 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.

Perth Festival

Experience Kings Park transformed into a nocturnal wonderland

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Kings Park will come alive next February, with an unforgettable 2019 Perth Festival Opening Weekend featuring the voice and images of celebrated UWA conservation biologist Professor Stephen Hopper.