School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research

Murdoch continues to lead meat industry revolution

May 26th, 2017

A revolutionary scanning technology developed by Murdoch University and their research partners has delivered significant results from the latest commercial trials. DEXA, dual x-ray absorptiometer technology, is a carcass measurement system which can accurately differentiate meat from fat and bone, offering considerable efficiency savings to Australia’s meat industry.

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'Whispering' keeps humpbacks safe from killer whales

May 12th, 2017

Newborn humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid being overheard by killer whales, researchers have discovered. Ecologists from University of Aarhus in Denmark and Murdoch University used temporary tags on humpback mothers and their calves in Exmouth Gulf, off Western Australia, to learn more about the first months of a humpback's life. Lead author, […]

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WA scientists help crack barley genetic code

April 27th, 2017

Professor Chengdao Li (Image: Wayne Rochat)

The development of new and improved barley varieties is set to be accelerated, after the complete barley genome was recently mapped by an international consortium, which included Murdoch University scientists.

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Linking tick bites with a Lyme-like disease

April 26th, 2017

Professor Una Ryan will be presenting her research on Lyme-like Disease at Western Australia’s premier media research conference, Science on the Swan, on 2 May.

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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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