Bushfire

Scientists uncover how invasive plants gain a head start after fire

Thursday, 12 March 2020

New research from The University of Western Australia has shed light on why some invasive plants make a better comeback after a fire, outstripping native species in the race for resources.

Wheat

Genetic diversity improves yield in hybrid crop varieties

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have discovered that high levels of genetic diversity and dominant genes in grain crops such as wheat, barley or rice leads to the production of greater yields in hybrid varieties.

Perth Biodesign 2019 cohort

UWA initiative supports healthcare innovation and early stage entrepreneurs

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Healthcare innovation in Western Australia has received a boost under a new initiative that will help Australia’s brightest minds in medicine, business, research and engineering develop into medtech entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups.

Bremer Canyon sponges

Deep-sea coral gardens discovered in canyons off Australia's South West

Friday, 28 February 2020

Stunning ‘gardens’ of deep-sea corals have been discovered in the Bremer Canyon Marine Park by Australian and international scientists during an oceanographic expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor.

Drought

Experts warn Australia at risk from drought, rising water levels

Friday, 28 February 2020

Leading water and coastal engineering experts from The University of Western Australia warn one of the biggest risks facing Australia is water security, with some regional towns experiencing water shortage to the point where they are unable to respond to bushfires and coastal areas at risk from rising sea levels.  

Natayla Beer providing motivation to a person using a spin bike

How exercise conditions can shape post-workout food intake

Thursday, 27 February 2020

People who incorporate sprints into their exercise may be more likely to make healthier food choices after their workout, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia and James Cook University. 

Dirima Cuthbert

A love for the sea and passion for sustainability lead anthropologist Dirima to the Oceans Institute

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Dirima Cuthbert is an anthropologist with a degree in environmental design. This background gives her a ‘people first’ perspective and while her path through those areas to environmental sustainability and eventually the Oceans Institute may seem unpredictable, it follows a lifelong love of the ocean. 

Federico

New technology to speed up the development of more resilient crops

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A research collaboration led by The University of Western Australia has created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better quality and more abundant pulse crops.

Inspiring oceans interest and ownership is key for Tina

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

You may have noticed a familiar face on the fifth floor, Tina Zhang from OceanWorks has joined the Oceans Institute’s science communication team!  

Heat stress experiment

High-tech lab goes to sea to find heat resistant corals

Monday, 10 February 2020

Marine scientists are using portable ship-borne aquaria in the search for heat-resistant corals that could survive warming ocean temperatures caused by climate change.