Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

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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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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