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Local fish bred in captivity for first time in vitro
The western trout minnow has been saved from the brink of extinction by research that has bred the tiny fish in captivity for the first time.
Rice response to phosphate levels measured
A better understanding of how genes in plants respond to phosphate starvation could help to improve crop yields.
Remote Kimberley teeming with unclassified life
A WA Museum herpetologist has described several 'new' Kimberley frog species, mostly collected during field trips with Kings Park botanists Matt and Russell Barrett.
Energy equation points to cell autonomy
The mechanical and metabolic energies of cells have been explored through the use of order-of-magnitude estimates, highlighting the energy required for cell shape changes.
South-west diversity still a mystery but comparison lends clues
A WA botanist says detailed fossil records and the development of phylogenetic trees could help experts understand why flora in Australia's south-west is so diverse in comparison to the south-east.
Bat wing practice maximises flight efficiency
Australian bats developed a high-speed flying technology some 50 million years before aircraft engineers, according to Department of Parks and Wildlife zoologist Norm McKenzie.
Skipjack tuna fare better under high-res model
Refuting lower-resolution results, high-resolution ocean modelling has predicted climate change will have little impact on western Pacific tuna fisheries in the 2060s.
Imaging techniques help rebuild ancient fauna
A paper summarising a 20-year study into Ordovician-Late Devonian microfauna has revealed new histological data aiding taxonomy and palaeographic reconstructions.
New methods help fill in wave gaps for coastal planning
Researchers have tested two new methods for calculating and inserting vital missing data into wave models for future coastal and offshore engineering planning.
Underwater 'vacuuming' proves less of a chore
It might look like a bit like an underwater vacuum cleaner but the Envirocart is set to revolutionise how ships' hulls can be cleaned while still in the water without harming the environment.
Finding the signalling system for plant 'smoke' response
Research out of China and WA has shown chemicals promoting germination in native Australian plants have a powerful effect on other plants, such as rice.
Sight set on resilient weed
The first glyphosate-resistant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum L.) populations have been identified by researchers from the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) at The University of Wester ...
Australian pioneers light the way for planetary sciences
The current understanding of meteoritics—the study of meteorite samples—has been helped along significantly over the past 200 years by the work of Australian scientists, according to a review.
Shell clusters reveal Pilbara's cyclone past
Evidence showing tsunamis or other waves caused by cyclones have previously reached more than 10m above sea level in WA, has raised questions about the capacity of coastal infrastructure according to a study ...
More habitat 'clumps' needed in restoration efforts
In order for reptiles and mammals to successfully recolonise rehabilitated mine sites an improvement in coarse woody debris (CWD) use for restoration is needed, local research suggests.