Environment & Conservation
HUMAN activity like clearing land for agriculture and mining does not threaten the ability of some plants to share genes via pollen carried by birds.
BLOOD parasites called Trypanosoma have been implicated in the population decline of a critically endangered marsupial.
SOUTHERN hemisphere conifers’ reproductive habits have been uncovered in research monitoring their responses to environmental change.
SCIENTISTS in Australia, Europe and the USA have been studying environmental drivers of beta diversity in flowering plants.
A NATIONAL genome study into island populations of the tammar wallaby has revealed a startling level of genetic similarity between males on Garden Island.
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.
BOTANISTS are analysing spatial genetic structure within keystone species, to enable better seed sourcing for banksia woodland restoration programs.
VARIABILITY in species characteristics is critical for maintaining the diversity of rich plant communities, a new study has confirmed.
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.
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.
WA CONSERVATION organisations have undertaken the first translocation of native water rats in Australia, with the goal of returning the species to areas within their former range.
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.
WESTERN Australian scientists have discovered a new infectious threat to Little Penguins caused by Haemosporidian parasites and transmitted by local vectors.
MORE than $1 billion worth of assets in the South West and Peel regions are at risk from coastal hazards arising from climate change, a study steered by a partnership between nine local governments has found.