Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

Backyard bandicoots could be key to urban bushland health

January 17th, 2017

Dr Amanda  Kristancic

The University has begun a three year investigation into how Southern brown bandicoots (quendas) survive in urban bushland in the Mandurah region. Associate Professor Trish Fleming, Professor Giles Hardy, Dr Catherine Baudains and Dr Amanda Kristancic from Murdoch University will work with the local Mandurah community and the City of Mandurah to increase understanding of where quendas are found, the roles they are playing, and identify potential threats to their survival.

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Managing the source of infection

January 6th, 2017

Tapeworm

A team of researchers at Murdoch University are helping prevent parasitic tapeworms from entering the food chain in Southeast Asian farming communities.

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Bandicoot and bilby review finds gaps in current knowledge

December 14th, 2016

Basic biological information about bandicoots remains a mystery

The evolutionary history of a group of small, solitary marsupials native to Australasia requires further research to fill in knowledge gaps, a review co-written by a Murdoch academic suggests.

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WA waters a possible hotspot for krill

December 13th, 2016

WA waters are home to more than 40 percent of the world

A PhD research project has revealed that the waters off Western Australia are home to 40 per cent of the world’s krill species.

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Opinion: Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

December 5th, 2016

Dorsal view of an echidna tick, Bothriocroton concolor, (imaged by Siew-May Loh )

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch University researchers Charlotte Oskam, Peter Irwin and Una Ryan unravel the complexities and ambiguities surrounding Lyme-like disease in Australia.

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Could altering soils and crops reduce heat wave intensity?

December 1st, 2016

Dr Jatin Kala

A Murdoch University researcher will be investigating how altering land management practices to change the properties of soils and crops will help to reduce the intensity of heat waves.

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Gene jumping discovery may hold clues to agricultural production

November 28th, 2016

A gene discovery in a crop of Biserrulla may unlock secrets of agricultural productivity

A gene discovery in a crop of Biserrulla may unlock secrets of agricultural productivityA newly discovered process that allows genes to jump between different species of bacteria promises to unlock secrets of disease, drug resistance and agricultural productivity.

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Perch purge led to native population boom

November 24th, 2016

Redfin Perch were eradicated from Phillips Creek Reservoir

The eradication of an alien fish species from a reservoir in south west Australia led to an explosion in the population of a native fish species and an increase in Marron, Murdoch University researchers have found.

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Banksia winner ‘never gave up’ on marine dream

November 18th, 2016

Professor Neil Loneragan with Claire Greenwell

High achieving Murdoch University student Claire Greenwell will be pursuing her marine research ambitions after winning this year’s Banksia Association Honours Scholarship, valued at $10,000.

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Murdoch’s $3.5m ARC research funding

November 1st, 2016

Murdoch University

Researchers at Murdoch University are celebrating after the Australian Research Council (ARC) announced project funding worth $3.5m.

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