Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

Murdoch technology to help combat Indo-Pacific malnutrition

August 18th, 2017

A Murdoch University technology that prevents mould growth on fresh food is part of a $4 million initiative to combat malnutrition in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Could algae farming be Australia’s next big thing?

August 17th, 2017

Emeritus Professor Michael Borowitzka

Murdoch University researchers are at the forefront of a new report, which asserts algal farming can create jobs and protect the Great Barrier Reef.

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Why wetlands matter to people

August 17th, 2017

Wonderful wetlands: A Murdoch student wants to learn about community attitudes to the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands

A Murdoch study is injecting a human element into scientific research projects at a significant Western Australian wetland system.

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Murdoch and Chevron launch Harry Butler Institute

August 11th, 2017

Murdoch University joined global energy producer Chevron today for the official launch of the Harry Butler Institute. The initiative not only honours the legacy of one of Western Australia's environmental pioneers, it will shape the next generation of leaders in conservation and environmental management.

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Saltbush potential to mitigate carbon emissions

August 8th, 2017

New research from Murdoch University has investigated the potential for farmers to use a native Australian shrub to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Two papers have estimated the amount of carbon that could be stored in farmland across Australia and the use of digital imagery to cheaply and quickly measure this carbon.

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Giant sunfish species eludes discovery for centuries

July 20th, 2017

An elusive new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered by an international team of researchers led by a Murdoch University PhD student. Marianne Nyegaard from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences uncovered the new species while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish in the Indo-pacific region. The previously undescribed species has been named the Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta).

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Scientists prove foxes diet on sheep and possums

June 26th, 2017

Associate Professor Trish Fleming

Hundreds of fox carcasses have been analysed by Murdoch University researchers to find out more about what the predator eats.

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Using technology to find sea eagles

June 21st, 2017

An adult white bellied sea eagle pictured on the Abrolhos Islands

Researchers at Murdoch University are using the latest aerial surveying technology to monitor wildlife.

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Aerial approach to feral pig control

June 2nd, 2017

Feral pigs impact agricultural productivity and environmental resources

Western Australian researchers are using thermal sensors attached to aircraft and drones to detect feral pigs, as part of a trial aimed at strengthening management of significant pest animals.

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Murdoch continues to lead meat industry revolution

May 26th, 2017

A revolutionary scanning technology developed by Murdoch University and their research partners has delivered significant results from the latest commercial trials. DEXA, dual x-ray absorptiometer technology, is a carcass measurement system which can accurately differentiate meat from fat and bone, offering considerable efficiency savings to Australia’s meat industry.

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