School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Research finds pesticide levels in WA breast milk lowest in world

October 18th, 2016

A baby breastfeeding

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University have found that levels of pesticides in breast milk have dropped significantly during the past 40 years.

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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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Opinion: Why isn’t seagrass on the world’s conservation agenda?

October 12th, 2016

Dr Mike van Keulen

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Dr Mike Van Keulen explains the importance of seagrass and calls for more action to protect these vital marine plants from human impacts.

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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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Pre-harvest sprouting experts to gather in Perth

September 16th, 2016

Genomic research will revolutionise wheat farming

The 13th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Cereals will be held 18-20 September, and will address a common genetic defect in cereal grains.

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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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Vet student to represent Australia on meat judging tour

September 9th, 2016

Veterinary student Olivia Swan will represent Australia on a meat judging tour of  the United States.

Olivia Swan is one of five students traveling to the United States for a four week industry tour and to compete in three American meat judging competitions.

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