Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics

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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Why sequencing the wheat genome matters

October 6th, 2016

Professor Rudi Appels

In an interview with EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource, Professor Rudi Appels explains how sequencing the wheat genome will eventually lead to improved wheat varieties with important agricultural traits, such as yield increase, stress response and disease resistance.

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Two whale sharks and their 22 year annual WA pilgrimage

October 4th, 2016

Stumpy and swimmer Photo by Indian Ocean Imagery

Dr Brad Norman and Associate Professor David Morgan from the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research and their collaborators, have been photographing Stumpy and Zorro at Ningaloo since 1994. The researchers believe the whale sharks are the longest studied individual wild sharks in the world.

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Is permaculture a key to combating climate change?

September 28th, 2016

David Holmgren

Co-founder of permaculture David Holmgren will present the 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture about the enduring need for permaculture in our changing society.

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Survey indicates strong support for Kimberley coast protection

September 13th, 2016

Kimberley coastline

Research by Murdoch University indicates strong public support for protecting and conserving much of the Kimberley coastline.

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Digital hub for Australia’s pets

September 3rd, 2016

Professor Peter Irwin

Researchers at Murdoch University have helped to build Australia’s first ever online health database for pets. VetCompass Australia, Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System, will be officially launched across the country today. With access to more information, the digital hub will make it easier for veterinary surgeons to diagnose and treat sick animals. Harnessing big data […]

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Tighter controls urged for manta ray tourism

September 2nd, 2016

Murdoch researchers are calling for tighter controls on manta ray tourism

A new study by Murdoch University has called for tighter control of the manta ray tourism industry at Ningaloo reef. Honours student Stephanie Venables and researchers from the Murdoch University Coral Bay Research Station developed a case study of manta ray tourism management in the region. Five dedicated manta ray tour vessels now operate daily […]

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Game of catfish and mouse in Pilbara river

August 18th, 2016

A lesser salmon catfish (Pic: Murdoch University)

Large catfish in a desert river in the Pilbara are eating native mice when available, Murdoch University researchers have found.

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