Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

What are iconic WA fisheries worth?

October 10th, 2017

Black Bream

Murdoch University has secured $400,000 in funding to assess the social and economic value of two iconic Western Australian fisheries – the blue swimmer crab and black bream.

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Extreme climate events take toll on resident coastal dolphins

October 9th, 2017

A new study has warned of the effects of major climate events on local dolphin populations. Dr Kate Sprogis led a team from Murdoch University’s Cetacean Research Unit to examine the effects of climate variability on the abundance and movements of a resident dolphin population off south-western Australia.

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Critical sawfish nursery habitats identified in Fitzroy River

September 28th, 2017

Sawfish study: Nyikina-Mangala ranger Nathan Green assisting Murdoch University researchers with a sawfish pup in the Fitzroy River

Key findings by Murdoch University researchers will help protect the critically endangered sawfish species in Western Australia’s Fitzroy River.

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Could insect larvae help solve rape murder cases?

September 27th, 2017

Laura Dutton with Dr Paola Magni (right)

Murdoch University forensic researchers have made a promising discovery, which could aid investigations into sexually-motivated homicide cases.

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More fish in doesn’t mean more fish out

September 26th, 2017

Releasing fish and prawns from aquaculture into the ocean needs to be monitored and managed to ensure wild populations increase, resources are not wasted and natural populations are not harmed.

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$1.8m for lab robots to control antimicrobial resistance on farms

September 20th, 2017

Resistance researchers: Dr Sam Abraham (left) and Dr Mark O

Murdoch University researchers are partnering with industry to investigate the application of laboratory robots to accurately test for antimicrobial resistance among farmed pigs and chickens.

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Goldfish could use estuaries as ‘saltbridge’ to spread between rivers

September 19th, 2017

River raider: Goldfish could be using estuaries as a

Goldfish invaders have been discovered in Australian estuaries, meaning they can tolerate salty water and can potentially use it to move between river systems.

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Deadly fish pathogen detected in Australia

September 16th, 2017

Deadly discovery: Wild catfishes from the Tully River were found to carry the pathogen

A dangerous pathogen, which caused devastating losses in the aquaculture industry in the United States, has been detected in wild Australian catfish for the first time.

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Outstanding achievements celebrated at Murdoch graduations

September 15th, 2017

More than 600 graduates are now part of Murdoch’s global alumni family of 60,000 after two glittering graduation ceremonies this week at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Study gives cultural insight to meat market

September 14th, 2017

New research has given the sheep industry a valuable insight into the meat preferences of other countries.

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