Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

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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Public health concern as superbug breaches Australia’s final drug defence

October 27th, 2016

A highly resistant form of Salmonella has been found in a cat

The first evidence of a superbug in a domestic cat that could infect humans and livestock has been discovered in Australia. The Salmonella strain is resistant to carbapenems, a drug used as the last line of defence in Australian hospitals. Experts believe this resistance may pose a serious threat to public health.

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Modelling suggests destructive plant pathogen spreading globally

October 18th, 2016

A jarrah forest impacted by dieback

Murdoch University researchers have developed a model which shows the devastating plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi could be distributed more widely in Australia and around the globe than previously thought.

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Drone pictures reveal the toll of raising young calves on whale mothers

October 12th, 2016

Bella on July 3 (top) and September 4 (bottom). She lost 31 centimetres in width in 63 days

Murdoch University researchers, sponsored by WWF-Australia, are using drones to do a health check on southern right whales, which are making a comeback after nearly being hunted to extinction.

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Honey possums on the hunt for sweet nectar and pollen

October 10th, 2016

Honey possum

Tiny marsupials endemic to WA's south west show resilience in the face of disappearing food and shelter, a Murdoch University study suggests.

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