Environment & Conservation
BLOOD parasites called Trypanosoma have been implicated in the population decline of a critically endangered marsupial.
SCIENTISTS in Australia, Europe and the USA have been studying environmental drivers of beta diversity in flowering plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IN AN extensive study of Banksia populations in the southern Wheatbelt researchers have discovered habitat fragmentation can have large and negative impacts on mating, reproduction and seed fitness in remnant populations.
THE foraging habits of a small brown marsupial may just prove to be the key in keeping the ecosystem in which they live healthy.
GROUNDWATER-dependent plants on the Gnangara mound have been put to the test in research that is asking if they can adapt to falling water tables.
HONEY possum populations have been identified as at risk from the spread of the virulent plant pathogen that has caused the dieback to large areas of forest in WA's south-west.
PLANT species are at risk of becoming extinct under predicted climate change rates according to new collaborative research.
A NEW strain of the deadly water mould Phytophthora may be the key to combating the spread of European blackberry – an invasive weed taking hold in the south-west.
AN article by Western Australian and American environmental scientists is putting forward a new way of looking at the native versus non-native species debate and proposes species origin is no longer the best judgement tool in the ever-changing environment.
THE United Nations has set a target to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land globally by 2020, but a UWA study has cautioned there are significant challenges facing global landscape-scale restoration efforts.