Tropical and temperate species have evolved separate from one another in different ecosystems, but researchers are now discovering what happens when climate-driven changes break down these long-standing geographic barriers.
Seaweed-eating tropical fishes are moving down the Australian coastlines and increasing in abundance on temperate reefs, where lush kelp forests normally prevail.
Last Wednesday, the School of Earth and Environment and Geoscience Foundation welcomed guests to a sundowner at the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum to acknowledge the generous donation of 12 state-of-the-art microscopes, used in teaching and by research staff and students.
One of the world’s most highly cited plant scientists from The University of Western Australia has been made a Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science for his contribution to science and scientific research.
The University of Western Australia’s Professor Ryan Lister has been awarded a $50,000 2015 Metcalf Prize, from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, in recognition of his leadership in stem cell research.
Helping to feed the world may seem like the province of agricultural research, but it is also the challenge of academic and student researchers at The University of Western Australia working in computational biology and information technology – and an enthusiastic team of undergraduates recently made it into the finals of the Incite Awards run by the WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance.
They do not eat their fruit and veg, but without them you wouldn't either. And even though they are vegetarians, they help produce the meat you eat. Their labour is valued at up to $6 billion here in Australia alone, but their workforce lives in dark wooden sheds.
Almost 100 years of data on China's wheat yield improvements have been unearthed for the first time by researchers from Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in China and The University of Western Australia.