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Banksias differ on resilience to climate change
Research into the germination requirements of four Banksia species (Proteaceae) endemic to the South West Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR) has found certain species may be more vulnerable to climate change ...
Unburnt habitat needed to safeguard animal diversity
Fire management plans need to conserve long unburnt tracts of land to ensure habitat for a greater diversity of mammals and reptiles, according to a recent Edith Cowan University study.
Scientists rustle up snail solution with microwave
Researchers at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA have shown low doses of microwave radiation can completely eradicate snail populations in localised areas.
Hidden physics make fish glitter
A theory borrowed from physics to understand how electrons move in semiconductors may explain the silvery mirror-like appearance of many fish, recent research suggests.
Lifelong study suits spiderwoman
If there's one name that's synonymous with spider research in Western Australia it's Barbara York Main.
Transport trends depend on walkability to neighbourhood destinations
Data collated over seven years from the RESIDential Environments (RESIDE) study supports evidence that neighbourhood walkability (how easy it is to walk around your neighbourhood) is an important determina ...
Plants found to alter soil types
Exciting research has revealed some plants have the ability to alter soil types, suggesting opportunities may exist to re-engineer WA's hostile soils to better suit agricultural purposes.
Mechanical hoof tests effect of livestock on native snail populations
Even low frequency trampling by livestock can reduce the density and biodiversity of forest snails, according to experimental evidence collected using a mechanical cow hoof.
Rainbow cat collars may save birds
It might resemble a flashback to early 90s fashion but a scrunchie-like collar cover could be the key to reducing the amount of wildlife your cat kills.
Public support found in how you pose the question
Changing the way information about emission reduction costs is communicated as well as sharing information about fellow Australian's policy preferences can increase public support for higher emission cuts, ...
Three-year study yields comprehensive insights into large bivalves
A three-year study conducted in the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park has provided comprehensive insights into large bivalves (molluscs).
Increased farming intensity links to nutrient spillover
Farmers lose more nutrients into adjacent land as they increase farming intensity, research has found.
Pilbara digs debunk timeline for ancient tool development
Recent archaeological digs at Barrow Island and the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast have revealed a number of artefacts which have helped build a unique record of coastal habitation by early humans.
Camera-carrying turtles reveal seagrass decline
Sea turtles fitted with video cameras have revealed a decline in seagrass health in Shark Bay following a catastrophic marine heat wave in 2011.
The journey to discovering species
Did you know the world's smallest goannas, the Dampier Peninsula goannas (Varanus sparnus), are about 5,000 times lighter than their larger relatives, the Komodo dragons? The recent announcement of the discovery ...