Birds of a feather huddle together to keep out the cold
Researchers curious about how small birds in the wild manage to survive cold winter nights have used miniature temperature transmitters and data loggers to solve the puzzle.
Mildew Mania turns 5!
A citizen science project that links both urban and rural school students with agriculture has recently celebrated five years of success, with more than 16,300 Western Australian students from years one through to 12 from more than 220 schools participating in the project.
Curtin to lead WA node of agriculture and food industry CRC
Curtin University is set to play a key role in the $160 million Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) established to fast-track the digital transformation of Australia’s food industry.
Collaborative research digs the dirt on echidnas
Echidnas are only one of two surviving monotremes in Australia (the other is the platypus) and the most widely distributed, yet very little is known about these spiky, ambling creatures.
WA plants rapidly adapt to declining rainfall
Curtin University researchers have found that some plants in Western Australia’s South-West region established under drought conditions are likely to have reduced growth, but be more resistant to drought in the future.
Scholarships to increase numbers studying Agribusiness
Curtin University is offering 15 scholarships to students entering their first year of Bachelor of Agribusiness in 2017, as part of the University’s response to the ongoing demand for graduates within Australia’s agriculture industry.
Curtin professor named WA Scientist of the Year
Curtin University professor and eminent botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon has been named WA Scientist of the Year at the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards last night, in recognition of his efforts in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science.
Five finalists from Curtin in running for Premier’s Science Awards
Four Curtin University researchers and the popular Curtin-driven citizen science program, Fireballs in the Sky, have been shortlisted in the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards, which celebrate the State’s best in scientific research and science engagement.
Nature deems Curtin to be a research rising star
Curtin University has been ranked in the top 100 of the world’s leading institutions for growth in high-quality science, and in the top three in Asia Pacific by the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement.
Deadly mushroom identified in south west
The highly toxic marbled death cap mushroom has been identified growing in WA, where it is believed to have been present, but unidentified, for decades. The mushroom was first collected by long time enthusiast and author Katrina Syme who first noticed the species on her property over thirty years ago, but it had remained unidentified until now.
Predicting the future of Banksia –
Genetic analyses of iconic plant explains its survival ability
More than 150 species of Banksia are present in the region, forming an important part of the Australian shrublands. Banksia attenuata is the most widely distributed of all western banksias, spanning a wide climate and environmental range in Western Australia from Kalbarri National Park in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south.
Wheat powdery mildew mutations found in Eastern States
Researchers of the national Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have recently observed the first signs of mutations that could lead to fungicide resistance issues in wheat powdery mildew in Australia.
Research shows ancient tropical plant once called Antarctica home
A new research paper from Curtin University has traced the evolution of the plant genus, Beauprea, providing evidence to support Antarctica as its place of origin when it was covered in temperate rainforest.
Coral scientist to join Curtin
An up and coming young scientist who has exposed a biological treasure trove in the Bonaparte Archipelago and discovered several species of coral never before recorded in Australia will join Curtin University to continue her work under a Research Fellowship.
City kids thanked for contribution to agriculture research
Mildew Mania links Perth and regional students to the wheatbelt.
Research program has early success identifying a new plant species
Professor Kingsley Dixon’s research program ‘Broome and Beyond’ which examines the Kimberley’s biodiversity recently identified a new species of blue water lilies.