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Disease threat to declining mammals of Top End

July 27th, 2015

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A disease investigation into the cause of the alarming decline in small native mammals of the Top End has shed light on the challenge facing Australia in saving our unique wildlife.

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Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters

July 27th, 2015

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A review of the scientific research on the recovery of Australia’s humpback whale populations has revealed that they are increasing at a remarkable rate and that the increase is among the highest documented worldwide, according to a paper published in the journal, Marine Policy.

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Whitby Falls Farm progressing well

June 22nd, 2015

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Murdoch University’s $3 million investment to restore Whitby Falls Farm in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been completed.

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Preparing your pets for winter storms

May 11th, 2015


During Storm Awareness Week, May 11 to 18, the Murdoch University Pet Emergency Centre is reminding owners that they need to consider the welfare of their pets and be ready for the onset of storm season.

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Hawaiian spinner dolphins need sheltered bays for rest

April 28th, 2015

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Spinner dolphins found off the Kona Coast, Hawai’i Island need sheltered bays for rest and protection from predators, researchers from Murdoch University and Duke University have found.

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Tagging and scanning for feral pigs

April 17th, 2015

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Feral pigs are increasingly becoming a problem in Australia’s forests. Murdoch researchers are using GPS tracking and thermal imagery in an attempt to learn more about these cryptic creatures which are difficult to study. The pigs pose a threat to Australia’s natural ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity values, impacting on the environment and agricultural resources through […]

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India and Australia join forces to tackle plant pests

April 8th, 2015

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The WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) at Murdoch University and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Dehli have each received $200,000 from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund to fight one of the most destructive groups of plant pests in the world.

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Soil containing nematodes threatens global food production

May 23rd, 2014

A Murdoch University academic has warned that all crops worldwide are facing an increasing risk of nematode damage which could lead to billions of dollars loss and an increased inability to feed our growing population.

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Funds needed to unlock mysteries of the deep

March 13th, 2014

With the Sculpture By the Sea exhibition captivating city dwellers this month, Western Australian researchers are using the opportunity to raise awareness about whale shark conservation.

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New PhD unravelling evolution in his eighth decade

September 30th, 2013

With his PhD now firmly in hand, 79-year-old Dr Keith Oliver continues to push hard for a more thorough theory of evolution.

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