Latest news from the region
WESTERN Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow global declines in shark numbers.
SCIENTISTS in Australia, Europe and the USA have been studying environmental drivers of beta diversity in flowering plants.
LOCAL researchers have presented the first quantitative evidence to support the perception that accessibility to ephemeral (transitory) rivers in WA’s north may impact the abundance of some fish species.
A WORLD-first vaccine more than 25 years in the making is being developed in Albany and could be available in commercial quantities by the end of next year.
A STUDY of nectar-feeding birds found in Western Australia has uncovered a significant correlation between their digestive physiology and foraging preferences.
PUBLIC preferences and values must be considered if the use of systematic conservation planning is to attract public and policy support according to a recent UWA study.
TWO new species of kangaroo paw have been discovered in WA’s biodiversity hotspot – the south-west of Australia – thanks to DNA sequencing.
TO GET a basic idea of the richness of Western Australia’s soils, Andy Whiteley says you only need to stomp your foot in the ground and then look at the imprint.
HUMAN behaviour could be a major contributing factor in the transmission of parasitic infections to wildlife, research being conducted across WA suggests.
A LARGE database of historical articles about rabbits has contributed to the creation of a five-year program searching internationally for new biological agents to control Australia’s most widespread animal pest.
RESEARCHERS investigating the Ningaloo Reef’s circulation patterns have discovered that periodic, local wind-driven currents are still strong enough to generate upwelling, providing important nutrients from the seabed to the reef, despite strong suppression from the Leeuwin Current.
NEW research suggests the decline of Eucalyptus Wandoo, a species endemic to WA’s south-west, could be an indicator of the potential effects of climate change on native fauna.
A NEW citizen science project aimed at identifying the key breeding and feeding sites of the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos across the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions could potentially aid in the species' conservation.
WESTERN Australian scientists and researchers have excelled at the prestigious Eureka science awards announced last week in Sydney, picking up three of the major prizes.
THE results of ‘on farm’ research into the deadly cattle condition ruminal acidosis could help dairy farmers detect the early warning signs and prevent stock loss.
THE nation’s biggest supplier of fertiliser spreaders is using research by CSIRO to show farmers that even fertiliser distribution can help them improve crop yields.
NEW methods of analysing high resolution digital airborne imagery are being trialled in a bid to track water usage in Perth’s drying climate.
LOW-phosphorous fertiliser tablets have been found to significantly promote growth of slender banksia—an important food source for the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.
THE distribution and transmission of parasites in red foxes is shifting with climate change and altering disease risk factors, according to Murdoch University research.