Environment & Conservation

THE Nullarbor Plain, an arid, tree-less expanse of low shrubs, was once home to thriving forests of gum trees (Eucalyptus and Corymbia) and banksias (Proteaceae) until Australia’s climate started to dry out.

SOILS affected by wildfires undergo significant changes within one year after a fire with that same soil partially regenerating after around five years, according to a study examining how semi-arid soils recover from natural fire events.

Perth cats display bold fashion sense

Tuesday, 02 February 2016

WHILE flashy collar covers saved wildlife from the clutches of Perth’s domestic cats it seems the same neck attire can’t stop local felines from venturing outside to rock their fashion statements.

THROUGHOUT history, native wildlife has been responsible for transmitting infectious diseases to humans and domestic animals, with some of these diseases potentially posing a threat to public health and biosecurity.

IT’S A finding that’s got bee keepers and researchers abuzz. It turns out that male bees have unique molecules in their sperm that can kill the bee equivalent of a sexually transmitted disease.

NUMBATS (Myrmecobius fasciatus) bred at Perth Zoo are struggling to survive once they are released into the wild, even in protected areas where the numbat population is increasing, research suggests.

Fire razes rare Albany banksias

Saturday, 23 January 2016

CONSERVATIONISTS have taken stock of areas of the south-west hit by bushfires late last year and determined that fragile populations of one of WA’s most iconic plants has been significantly ravaged.

Turtle embryos feel the heat

Friday, 22 January 2016

NOT all endangered Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) were made equal with recent research finding certain local turtle embryos can automatically cope with environmental heat better than others.

WA SCIENTISTS have acquitted their prime suspect in the hunt to uncover what’s pushing the nation’s woylie (Bettongia penicillata) populations to the brink of extinction.

BIODIVERSITY has flourished amid the devastation left by a bushfire that tore through a section of the south-west last year, with an Albany botanist discovering a plant species in the region.

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