Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

Pilbara conservation research to bring global benefits

February 22nd, 2018

Endangered species: The research will focus on mammal species like the northern quoll (Credit: Mark Cowan DBCA)

Murdoch University researchers have won major funding to develop new tools that protect the environment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

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International exchange opens door to new side of Bali life

February 9th, 2018

Arriving on the day of the Mount Agung volcano eruption proved to be a baptism of fire for a group of Murdoch University students on an international cultural exchange program.

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Microplastics pose threats to iconic ocean giants

February 5th, 2018

Manta with plastic in Indonesia - Elitza Germanov, Marine Megafauna Foundation

Scientists are warning that microplastics in our oceans are posing a significant risk to filter-feeding marine animals like manta rays and whale sharks.

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The weed that helps to feed the world

January 30th, 2018

Professor Rudi Appels

Scientists say that the detailed sequencing of the genome for a grass species considered a weed in some countries, could help to improve food security for the world’s expanding population.

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Could climate change turn South-West estuaries into tropical fishing havens?

January 22nd, 2018

Dr Chris Hallett and Dr Alan Cottingham

Murdoch University scientists say climate change could result in recreational fishers being able to catch tropical marine species in South-West Australian estuaries, but at a price.

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Murdoch student aims to boost dolphin tourism in Bunbury

January 8th, 2018

Swimming with dolphins and other encounters with these enchanting mammals are the subject of research by a Murdoch honours student that aims to boost tourism in Bunbury.

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Make yourself heard in blue swimmer crab survey

December 20th, 2017

Blue swimmer crab: A new online survey will guide future management of the fishery

If you love to fish for blue swimmer crabs, your views are wanted by Murdoch University researchers.

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Scientific detective work uncovers historic sunfish mix up

December 6th, 2017

An investigation by a Murdoch University PhD student has resulted in Australia losing its 130 year claim to its unique sunfish species.

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Space-inspired whale shark study unravels constellations of the oceans

November 30th, 2017

Whale shark

Citizen science has combined with NASA ingenuity to reveal more secrets about one of the most awe-inspiring creatures in our oceans – whale sharks.

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$2.35m research funding to improve lamb survival

November 29th, 2017

From left to right Caroline Jacobson, Sarah Blumer, Serina Hancock and Amy Lockwood

Three Murdoch University research projects, which aim to improve reproductive outcomes in sheep and lambs, have won funding worth $2.35 million from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

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