Latest news from the region
HUMAN activity like clearing land for agriculture and mining does not threaten the ability of some plants to share genes via pollen carried by birds.
BLOOD parasites called Trypanosoma have been implicated in the population decline of a critically endangered marsupial.
SOUTHERN hemisphere conifers’ reproductive habits have been uncovered in research monitoring their responses to environmental change.
SCIENTISTS in Australia, Europe and the USA have been studying environmental drivers of beta diversity in flowering plants.
A NATIONAL genome study into island populations of the tammar wallaby has revealed a startling level of genetic similarity between males on Garden Island.
THE immense diversity of sponge species in West Australian waters has been celebrated at the 9th World Sponge Conference earlier this month.
A STUDY of nectar-feeding birds found in Western Australia has uncovered a significant correlation between their digestive physiology and foraging preferences.
PUBLIC preferences and values must be considered if the use of systematic conservation planning is to attract public and policy support according to a recent UWA study.
BOTANISTS are analysing spatial genetic structure within keystone species, to enable better seed sourcing for banksia woodland restoration programs.
TO GET a basic idea of the richness of Western Australia’s soils, Andy Whiteley says you only need to stomp your foot in the ground and then look at the imprint.
RECREATIONAL fishermen are helping researchers in an ambitious three-year study to find out more about the popular black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) fish species.
VARIABILITY in species characteristics is critical for maintaining the diversity of rich plant communities, a new study has confirmed.
HUMAN behaviour could be a major contributing factor in the transmission of parasitic infections to wildlife, research being conducted across WA suggests.
A LARGE database of historical articles about rabbits has contributed to the creation of a five-year program searching internationally for new biological agents to control Australia’s most widespread animal pest.
RESEARCHERS investigating the Ningaloo Reef’s circulation patterns have discovered that periodic, local wind-driven currents are still strong enough to generate upwelling, providing important nutrients from the seabed to the reef, despite strong suppression from the Leeuwin Current.
RESEARCH exploring the Asia Pacific region with a Global Energy Market model (GEM) has assessed the challenges and opportunities as population, income and energy demand continue to increase.
NEW research suggests the decline of Eucalyptus Wandoo, a species endemic to WA’s south-west, could be an indicator of the potential effects of climate change on native fauna.
TO KEEP animal welfare on the political and societal agenda, there needs to be a change in the way we present the argument, a leading international animal ethicist says.
IN AN effort to help improve fertiliser application and timing in agricultural farming, researchers have set out to discover what environmental factors affect the microorganisms in soil and what influence these microorganisms have on nitrification rates.