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Soil acids potentially safeguards against root oxygen loss
An Australian-Japanese collaboration has explored whether organic acids can promote the formation of barriers in the roots of wetland plants, preventing radial oxygen loss.
Baited video carries baseline data in Cockburn Sound
Annual surveys investigating fish assemblages within Cockburn Sound over six years have led to two important findings that have enabled effective monitoring of fish ecology in the face of proposed developments.
Meat appeal high on lamb producer list
Consumers' want for visually appealing meat, and the genetic science behind producing such a trait has been explored in a recent summary paper which described key industry findings on the quality of Australian ...
Trawling restrictions crucial to preserve biodiversity
A Western Australian study has found that restricting trawling to 20-40 per cent of fishing areas in Shark Bay can mitigate the long-term impacts of commercial trawling in the region.
Veterinary research highlights refocus for cattle export
Respiratory diseases are the greatest mortality risk for export cattle on long sea voyages according to PhD research by a local veterinary scientist.
The future of biometric technology
Biometric security such as fingerprint, face and voice recognition is set to hit the mainstream as global technology companies market the systems as convenient and easy to use, according to a prominent information ...
Mineral targeting made easy with database
Finding ways to target mineral deposits in remote and deeply covered areas, such as in WA's often thick regolith cover, has been a major motivating factor in collaborative research between Australian and ...
Survey set to prove northern fish disease-free
A joint study about to begin will determine whether populations of freshwater catfish in the country's tropical and sub-tropical regions are free of the Edwardsiella ictaluri bacterium.
Pilbara coral finds refuge on artificial reef
Leftover concrete sleepers and spare rock boulders have proven key to coral communities regaining a foothold in the heavily used Port of Dampier, research has found.
Stiffness and hardness of sheep molar enamel is lower than that of humans
A first-ever study investigating the survival of ovine teeth has found the stiffness (Young's modulus) and hardness of sheep molar enamel is lower than that of human molar enamel, while the toughness of sheep ...
Ninety-five per cent of world's fish hide in mesopelagic zone
An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth's oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.
Predators outweigh disease in possum threats
A study looking at pathogen transmission during the translocation of endangered western ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) has provided an insight into assessing the disease risk for populations.
Emu bush likely answer to livestock methane emissions
Animal microbiologists have been trialling alternative fodder plants for ruminants, to reduce methane production and improve nutrition.
Detecting fingerprints on non-porous material and in wet or humid conditions
A NEW technique being developed by West Australian chemists could provide crime investigators with a safer, simpler and more versatile method for extracting good quality fingermarks, even from non-porous ...
Jurassic arthropod-plant interactions from the Australian fossil record
An international team has analysed Jurassic arthropod-plant interactions from the Australian fossil record.