School of Molecular and Life Sciences News
November 22 2018
New collaboration offers regional students more study opportunities
Students living in the Mid-West region will be able to access Curtin University courses from next year as the result of a new collaboration with the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC).
November 20 2018
Curtin Professor launches international guide to tackling crop disease
An international guide to addressing the challenge of diseases in wheat and barley has been launched, with John Curtin Distinguished Professor Richard Oliver editing the go-to reference for the agricultural industry.
November 8 2018
Unique Indigenous native seed farm to help meet supply challenges
A team of scientists from Curtin University’s ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) has helped to install an Indigenous-owned and operated native seed farm to supply Australia’s growing land rehabilitation needs.
August 23 2018
Curtin research uncovers unique nesting habits of WA resin bee
Curtin University research has found that a native resin bee endemic to Western Australia is unique in using dry Banksia flowers and the fuzz of the Banksia cones in their nests, in urbanised parts of Perth.
August 21 2018
Avo look at this! Curtin alumni create ice-cream made from Aussie grown avocados
A new ice-cream product created at Curtin is set to transform the frozen dessert market.
August 21 2018
Trapdoor spider 'stunt double' study reveals summer wasp threat
Curtin researchers using ‘stunt spiders’ found male trapdoor spiders leaving their burrows to mate faced predators such as birds, lizards and rodents all year round while wasps posed a threat only in summer.
August 15 2018
Curtin researchers bound for female leadership mission in Antarctica
Three researchers from Curtin University will join 97 female leaders from around the world for the fourth instalment of the Homeward Bound Program, departing for Antarctica in November 2019.
August 2 2018
Curtin awarded $10.3m in ARC funding for training centre and fellowships
Curtin University has today been awarded $3.9 million to lead an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre that will prepare the next generation of data scientists for Australia’s resources sector, while four Curtin researchers have also been presented $6.3 million in prestigious ARC fellowships.
July 25 2018
Curtin research into chemical reactions earns Eureka Prize nomination
Ground-breaking research that may enable greener and safer methods for fabricating materials ranging from drugs to plastics has resulted in two Curtin chemistry researchers being named as finalists in the 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
July 24 2018
Curtin researchers share secret seed recipe for better biodiversity
Curtin University researchers have developed a seed-coating technology that can help bring degraded landscapes back to life and repair damaged ecosystems.
July 16 2018
Six Curtin University finalists announced for Premier's Science Awards
Six Curtin University researchers have been named as finalists for the prestigious Premier’s Science Awards 2018, including two leading experts in their fields in the coveted Scientist of the Year category.
July 10 2018
Uncovering the lost world of New Zealand from fossil bone DNA
Curtin University researchers have used DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the past biodiversity of New Zealand, revealing a history of extinctions and biodiversity decline since human arrival there about 750 years ago.
July 10 2018
The brains behind Australia's first groundwater replenishment scheme
Over the past 50 years, the rainfall in Western Australia’s southwest has decreased by nearly a fifth, prompting Perth has embarked on Australia’s first full-scale water recycling initiative, in an effort to shore up its future drinking water supply. Research carried out by the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre (CWQRC), in close collaboration with partners Water Corporation, GHD and Water Research Australia, was fundamental in the development of the plant.
July 9 2018
Fire and flora: a relationship 100 million years strong
Living at this moment in geological time on our hot, dry continent, it would seem that fire is a natural part of the Australian landscape.
July 9 2018
Glowing reports: the visibility of luminescence research
In the frontier science fusion of synthetic chemistry and photophysics, an Australian collaboration has prepared a step change for diagnostic and therapeutic imaging.
June 21 2018
Ancient plankton DNA offers insight into climate change revival
Curtin University researchers working on ancient DNA samples from deep sea sediments in the northeast Arabian Sea off the coast of Pakistan have revealed the survival story of up to 43,000-year-old single-celled marine planktons, which were exposed to long-term episodes of environmental stress.
June 20 2018
Perth's trapdoor spiders living on 'borrowed' time
Australia is home to a plethora of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else on Earth, making the conservation of our native wildlife especially important.
May 20 2018
Chemistry expert honoured with Curtin room naming
May 9 2018
Researchers in focus; Professor Kingsley Dixon
Congratulations to Professor Kingsley Dixon, whose discovery of the chemical in smoke that stimulates germination in Australian plant species has set him on a journey that has seen him awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor.
April 27 2018
World's 'oldest' spider discovered in Australian outback
Australian researchers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest recorded spider, unlocking key information about the mysterious eight-legged creature.
April 23 2018
Ancient Arctic plant DNA unlocks climate change from the past
Trekking across the Arctic tundra and crossing ice-blue fjords, setting up camp in sub-zero temperatures and staying vigilant for polar bears is just a typical research day for paleoclimatologist Sarah Crump.
March 26 2018
Now you see us: how casting an eerie glow on fish can help count and conserve them
February 9 2018
'Walking sharks' strutted underwater first, new research finds
Researchers have uncovered new information about the nerve networks required for walking on land, suggesting the last common ancestor of sharks and mammals walked underwater about 400 million years ago – 50 million years before land animals first walked the earth.
January 16 2018
Static electricity splits chemical bonds, new research finds
Researchers from Curtin University have been able to demonstrate how chemical bonds between atoms are impacted by static electricity, unlocking future potential benefits for the manufacturing and electronics industries.