School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research

Young researcher battles invasive parasites

April 21st, 2017

A Murdoch University early career researcher has revealed invasive parasites on Australia’s west coast are creating serious concerns for conservation programs and for public health in the region.

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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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Unique dolphin strategy delivers dangerous octopus for dinner

April 3rd, 2017

New research has highlighted the development of complex behaviours that allow dolphins to eat octopus, thereby improving their ability to survive and reproduce.

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WA agricultural expertise aids Bangladeshi food security

March 29th, 2017

Murdoch University Professor Richard Bell has led an international capacity building project enhancing food security in Bangladesh.

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Funding boost for sheep research students

March 26th, 2017

From left to right: Chad Averill, Lydia Inglis and Amy Bowden have won scholarships to fund their honours research

Three Murdoch University animal science students have won scholarships to support honours research into costly issues for the Australian sheep industry.

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Public talk: Drones and tags unveil whale mysteries

March 24th, 2017

An image of a southern right whale and her white calf taken by a drone

The high tech wonders of how drones and tags are used in whale research will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 27 March.

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Sawfish exposed as the ultimate stealth hunter

March 23rd, 2017

Sawfish rostrum

New research has revealed the lethal side swipes of sawfishes’ distinctive rostra are barely detectable to their prey.

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Global audience for food technology

March 22nd, 2017

A researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators charged with improving global health outcomes through food. Murdoch University plant disease researcher Dr Kirsty Bayliss has been named as a 2017 LAUNCH Food Innovator, and will travel to San Francisco later this month for an intensive global forum on food choices.

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Free public lecture: How nature can help catch criminals

March 17th, 2017

Dr Paola Magni

The fascinating role of insects, crustaceans and plants in criminal investigations will be presented in a free public lecture at Murdoch on Monday, 20 March. Dr Paola Magni, a forensic biologist with a focus on entomology, will talk about a number of cases where these organisms have helped investigators understand crucial facts about murders, and even help lead them to the perpetrators.

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Public urged to support research into Australian Lyme-like disease

March 15th, 2017

Researchers from the Vector and Water Borne Pathogen Research Group at Murdoch University have launched an initiative aimed at supporting critical research into Australian Lyme-like disease.

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