australia

Researchers call for new studies into tick-borne disease in Australia

November 4th, 2016

Professor Peter Irwin has called for urgent research funding

A Senate inquiry has heard an increasing number of Australians say they are experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease, leading to calls from researchers for crucial funding into additional research.

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Big thinking students win a trip to Commonwealth Bank’s innovation lab in Sydney

August 25th, 2016

Think Big winners Team Instinct, with Richard Wiles (right) are off to Sydney

Three Murdoch students have emerged from a two-day intense innovating thinking competition as the best amongst a high-calibre group of next generation thinkers at the University, and will now travel to Sydney.

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Opinion: To future-proof our crops from drought, look to the Australian deserts

August 22nd, 2016

Dr Steve Wylie with the Australian native plant in high demand

In an article for The Conversation, Dr Steve Wylie asks the questions of what can we do to future-proof our crops to help feed a global population expected to increase to 9.3 billion people by 2050

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Gold rush! First evidence of spawning migration of football-size goldfish

August 15th, 2016

Dr Stephen Beatty with a large goldfish

Murdoch researchers have discovered for the first time football-sized goldfish are travelling hundreds of kilometres each year through WA waterways.

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New project aims to help unlock the mystery of tick-borne disease

July 14th, 2016

An echidna tick, Bothriocroton concolor. Image by Siew-May Loh

Understanding why a growing number of Australians are diagnosed with a Lyme disease-like illness, presumed to be tick-borne, is the focus of a new highly innovative research project supported by the Australian Research Council.

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New bacteria discovered by Murdoch researchers in Australian ticks

June 16th, 2016

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

Murdoch University researchers have detected a new species of bacteria in echidna-biting Australian ticks.

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FactCheck: how are the 12,000 extra refugees coming to Australia chosen?

December 2nd, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

In an opinion piece for The Conversation, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny looks at the concerns flagged by Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi about how these extra refugees were chosen for resettlement in Australia.

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Opinion: We need to stop Australia’s genetic heritage from being taken overseas

October 27th, 2015

Dr Steve Wylie with the Australian native plant in high demand

In an opinion piece for The Conversation, senior research associate in plant virology at Murdoch University, Dr Steve Wylie looks at the importance of building Australia’s intellectual property (IP) with its genetic heritage, and questions whether our State and Federal Governments should continue to allow the legal export of our native seeds.

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Opinion: Devices in schools and at home means too much screen time for kids

August 17th, 2015

Dr Margaret Merga

In an article for The Conversation, School of Education academic Dr Margaret Merga asks whether guidelines for device screen time need to be adjusted for school children.

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Alumni profile: Kimberley roots a career boost for filmmaker

March 6th, 2015

Documentary maker Vicky Biorac counts working on Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia and television drama Home & Away among her career achievements. But it was her strong desire to tell indigenous stories through documentary that led her to return to her remote hometown of Kununurra after several years chasing the big time in Sydney. “My move […]

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