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Stirling Range flora nears extinction
The soil-borne water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi (dieback) has rendered unique vegetation on the peaks of the Stirling Ranges in the Great Southern to the point of being critically endangered.
Smoke bush species show fire awareness
Signs of serotiny, an ecological adaptation in which seed release occurs in response to an environmental trigger rather than spontaneously at seed maturation, has been discovered in in two species of Conospermum.
Turtle embryos genetically wired for hotter summers
Endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) are able to protect themselves against environmental temperature fluctuations while still in the egg, a UWA researcher has discovered.
Heavier sheep a refuge for drench-susceptible worms
Leaving heavier Merino ewes untreated for worms while treating their skinnier counterparts may help combat drench-resistant worms, research suggests.
Undersea pipes "shoulder" anchoring duties
Research off the north-west coast shows undersea pipelines tend to bury themselves in the seabed quicker than expected after they are deployed, resulting in potential cost savings for the petroleum industry.
Kalbarri abalone gets helping hand
Department of Fisheries staff and Kalbarri fishermen have released 24,000 Roe's abalone (Haliotis roei) onto reef platforms along the cliffs north of Kalbarri, to restock a population decimated by the marine ...
Western Australian sandplains in World Heritage bid
WA plant biologists are spearheading a campaign to have sandplains from Shark Bay to Esperance awarded UNSECO World Heritage status.
Topography a blueprint for wildlife conservation
A study of predator hotspots has found that rugged landscapes attract predators, both at sea and on land.
3-D seagrass model shines leaf-level light on photosynthesis
West Australian scientists have developed a three-dimensional computer model of seagrass canopies to investigate the effect of canopy structure and reduced light on photosynthesis.
Corroding cannons measure dynamic power in reef ecosystems
Historic shipwrecks provide a unique insight into how the flux of dissolved oxygen, caused by waves breaking on coral and reefs, varies with depth and with seabed topography.
New DNA facility gets down and dirty with WA's soil microbiology
Soil microbiology will be better documented thanks to a new high-throughput DNA sequencing facility, launched last month at the University of Western Australia.
Missing electrons the secret to mine metal
Researchers have advanced the quest to understand how one of Australia and the world's largest zinc and lead mining deposits was formed.
Nutrient-enriched desalinated water more feasible for agriculture
CSIRO scientists say adding nutrients to desalinated water could make the water more financially attractive to farmers.
Fish species flourish in hypersaline estuary
Scientists have a better understanding of fish capable of living in highly saline estuaries following an in-depth study of the Leschenault Estuary in south-western Australia.
Thousands predicted to die along state barrier fence
Ongoing research across South-West WA is examining the impacts of upgrading and extending the state barrier fence.