Visitors to the South West will be familiar with big expanses of dead and dying trees and shrubs.
Most of us probably put this down to lack of rain or perhaps bushfire but it is actually a soil-borne pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi (Phytophthora dieback) which affects 40 per cent of the native plant species in the South West of Western Australia.
The current "debate" about whether the climate is changing seems to be a uniquely Australian phenomenon.
"There IS no debate about the fundamentals in Europe," said Professor Stephan Lewandowsky. "They are just getting on with reducing their carbon emissions. Debate is completely unnecessary in light of the overwhelming scientific evidence."
Magic is how our great-grandparents might have described the idea of robots.
Now that they are becoming more and more a part of our lives, MAGIC is still the word used by an international consortium which is running a competition to find the best robots to do dangerous work for defence forces.
Winthrop Professor David Lumley, the Woodside-Chevron Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration, and Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Shragge take what they describe as ‘snapshots' of the earth that cost about $10 million each.
Between 1967 and 1999, more than 3,000 hectares of seagrass were lost from Cockburn Sound.
Now, Siegy Kraus, Kingsley Dixon and Liz Sinclair from Kings Park, Gary Kendrick, Marion Cambridge and Renae Hovey from UWA's Oceans Institute, and PhD student John Statton are uncovering the best methods for restoring seagrasses through the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan (SRRP).
In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart.
Yet an applied research centre last year produced a third of the university's publications in Nature and Science, all from industry co-funded projects, demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.