Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

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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Murdoch to the rescue

May 9th, 2017

Murdoch ecologists, from left to right, Dr Joe Fontaine, Dr Katinka Ruthrof, Dr Catherine Baudains, Dr Jane Chambers and Dr Rachel Standish

Scientists from Murdoch University are helping to guide the restoration of a woodland site, which was cleared to make way for a new transport project.

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WA researchers gather for Science on the Swan

May 2nd, 2017

Murdoch University researchers will join a gathering of international experts to discuss the health of people and animals in WA and around the world. Beginning today, WA’s annual premier health and medical research meeting Science on the Swan will focus on new discoveries in One Health medicine.

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Butterfly wings under a microscope

April 27th, 2017

The Hairstreak butterfly is found in Mexico

Nature’s intricate mechanism for forming the nanostructures that help a butterfly species to camouflage itself against common leaves, has been revealed by researchers.

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WA scientists help crack barley genetic code

April 27th, 2017

Professor Chengdao Li (Image: Wayne Rochat)

The development of new and improved barley varieties is set to be accelerated, after the complete barley genome was recently mapped by an international consortium, which included Murdoch University scientists.

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Sawfish v crocodiles and bull sharks

April 12th, 2017

A freshwater crocodile preying on a freshwater sawfish in the Kimberley (Picture provided by David Woods, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife)

Murdoch scientists have shown the critically endangered sawfish found in the Kimberley region must contend with threats from two species of crocodiles and bull sharks.

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Funding boost for sheep research students

March 26th, 2017

From left to right: Chad Averill, Lydia Inglis and Amy Bowden have won scholarships to fund their honours research

Three Murdoch University animal science students have won scholarships to support honours research into costly issues for the Australian sheep industry.

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Public talk: Drones and tags unveil whale mysteries

March 24th, 2017

An image of a southern right whale and her white calf taken by a drone

The high tech wonders of how drones and tags are used in whale research will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 27 March.

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Sawfish exposed as the ultimate stealth hunter

March 23rd, 2017

Sawfish rostrum

New research has revealed the lethal side swipes of sawfishes’ distinctive rostra are barely detectable to their prey.

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Global audience for food technology

March 22nd, 2017

A researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators charged with improving global health outcomes through food. Murdoch University plant disease researcher Dr Kirsty Bayliss has been named as a 2017 LAUNCH Food Innovator, and will travel to San Francisco later this month for an intensive global forum on food choices.

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