Latest news from the region

THE phrase might be associated with a bad cold but a mystery surrounding WA’s strangely named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.) is about to be cleared up, with a study into the plant’s germination triggers entering its final stage.

DESPITE recent recovery efforts and substantial reproductive potential in the south west brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia penicillata) numbers continue to decline in the wild due to predators and parasites.

THOSE pondering which elements make the best drop of wine may be surprised to learn different climates produce mixed results when it comes to wines made using the ‘cold soak’ process.

Published in Agriculture & Food

MURDOCH University researchers have discovered the range of one of WA’s rarest freshwater fish could have declined by 25 per cent.

Published in Fisheries & Water

GPS technology attached to emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) has reinforced the role the world’s second largest extant bird plays in dispersing seeds in the environment as well as indicate they have started moving with purpose rather than wandering aimlessly.

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 than others.

RESEARCHERS at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA have shown low doses of microwave radiation can completely eradicate snail populations in localised areas.

Published in Agriculture & Food

A THREE-year study conducted in the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park has provided comprehensive insights into large bivalves (molluscs).

Published in Fisheries & Water

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 two species of Conospermum.

WA PLANT biologists are spearheading a campaign to have sandplains from Shark Bay to Esperance awarded UNSECO World Heritage status.

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