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Giant jellyfish pops up in the north-west
An unusually huge toxic jellyfish has been found off the north-west coast of Western Australia.
Sacrificing agricultural research in the name of biosecurity
The image of Australian agriculture is that it is "clean and green" because biosecurity measures operate to keep a vast army of exotic pests and pathogens out of the country.
Fly ash builds green cement mixture
An eco-friendly cement, known as Alkali Pozzolan Cement (APC), containing a mixture of fly ash, dry lime powder and sodium sulphate under specific scaffolding conditions has been developed by Curtin University ...
Manure offsets fertiliser's nano-scale changes
A UWA study has shown how long-term use of chemical fertilisers changes the soil on a nanoparticle scale and how these changes can be avoided by adding organic matter such as manure.
Research confirms oil-replacement theory
Some years ago, the bitumen inclusions in rocks that often accompany petroleum gas deposits intrigued a CSIRO geologist.
Plant life considered in ecosystem synergies
Local flora species involved in UWA's Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment are helping researchers to better understand agricultural processes including efficient nutrient cycles and maintaining ...
Local fauna species unique to specific locations
Animals in the south-west which have a limited ability to travel show a high degree of local endemism, according to a review of genetic data for fauna in the region.
Carnabys favour roomier artificial homes
Scientists are investigating which type of tree hollows are best suited to endangered Carnaby's Cockatoos for breeding purposes, as part of a larger study into threats to the birds survival.
Rapid-growth plantations eyed for water management
Utilising rapid-growth tree plantations could support water management in dryland farming systems while producing feedstock for bioenergy, new research contends.
Ground surveying digs deep for Batavia secrets
A group of WA researchers are hopeful they will find remains from the wreck of the infamous Dutch ship Batavia following the discovery of a tooth last year on Beacon Island off the Mid West coast.
Gene sequencing refines threatening parasite list
Twenty-six species of Cryptosporidium have been recognised and 18 species declared non-valid in a recent shake-up of the parasite's taxonomy using DNA sequencing techniques.
Nyoongar names for newly classified sponges
Two new species of marine sponges, found only in the south-west of Western Australia, have been identified and named in recognition of the Aboriginal peoples who are the traditional owners of the region.
Migratory fish scale to new heights
WA scientists are the first to observe and document juvenile trout minnow (Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes 1846) successfully negotiating a vertical weir wall by modifying their swimming technique to 'climb' ...
Northern Kimberley sub-region reveals unexpected species
"New" populations of endangered northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) and threatened golden-backed tree rats (Mesembriomys macrurus) have been found on the offshore Kimberley island Buckle Head.
Wetlands not 'wetting' enough for invertebrates
Perth's southern wetlands are steadily drying and prolonged dry spells in the future will threaten the survival of their invertebrate fauna populations, research suggests.