School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Secret lives of microbats investigated

February 21st, 2017

PhD student Diana Prada is investigating microbats

The secret lives of microbats in the mid-west region of Western Australia are being revealed through a new research project at Murdoch University.

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Urban wetland community survey underway

February 1st, 2017

Researcher Greg Simpson at the survey site, Lake Claremont

Murdoch University researchers investigating community perceptions of Lake Claremont are looking for park users to fill out surveys.

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Backyard bandicoots could be key to urban bushland health

January 17th, 2017

Dr Amanda  Kristancic

The University has begun a three year investigation into how Southern brown bandicoots (quendas) survive in urban bushland in the Mandurah region. Associate Professor Trish Fleming, Professor Giles Hardy, Dr Catherine Baudains and Dr Amanda Kristancic from Murdoch University will work with the local Mandurah community and the City of Mandurah to increase understanding of where quendas are found, the roles they are playing, and identify potential threats to their survival.

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Managing the source of infection

January 6th, 2017

Tapeworm

A team of researchers at Murdoch University are helping prevent parasitic tapeworms from entering the food chain in Southeast Asian farming communities.

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Children taught the gift of giving

December 21st, 2016

From left to right: Amelia Lowe, Fiona Murray, Yvonne Markey, Megan Rodger and Isla Cowman

Potential future veterinarians have learnt a valuable lesson thanks to the generosity of the Willetton Child Care Centre.

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Bandicoot and bilby review finds gaps in current knowledge

December 14th, 2016

Basic biological information about bandicoots remains a mystery

The evolutionary history of a group of small, solitary marsupials native to Australasia requires further research to fill in knowledge gaps, a review co-written by a Murdoch academic suggests.

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WA waters a possible hotspot for krill

December 13th, 2016

WA waters are home to more than 40 percent of the world

A PhD research project has revealed that the waters off Western Australia are home to 40 per cent of the world’s krill species.

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Cat blood donors wanted to save lives

December 8th, 2016

Murdoch vet Dr Jill Griffiths taking a blood donation from a cat

The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University is seeking caring cat owners willing to volunteer their pets to make life saving blood donations.

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Opinion: Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

December 5th, 2016

Dorsal view of an echidna tick, Bothriocroton concolor, (imaged by Siew-May Loh )

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch University researchers Charlotte Oskam, Peter Irwin and Una Ryan unravel the complexities and ambiguities surrounding Lyme-like disease in Australia.

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Could altering soils and crops reduce heat wave intensity?

December 1st, 2016

Dr Jatin Kala

A Murdoch University researcher will be investigating how altering land management practices to change the properties of soils and crops will help to reduce the intensity of heat waves.

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