Environment & Conservation

THE WA nature conservation community is abuzz with excitement with the rediscovery of black-flanked rock-wallabies (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) in Kalbarri National Park after two decades of presumed local extinction.

THEY are tiny, cuddly and the females are known to be quite picky about their mate, but it seems endangered dibblers (Parantechinus apiclis) have put aside their preferences to create 29 individuals who were released back into the wild recently.

LAND managers need to consider a more comprehensive approach to control feral cats (Felis catus), dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) and rabbit populations in order to save WA’s small mammal populations, according to a local wildlife conservation expert.

CONSERVATION and community groups are striving to save peat ecosystems of national ecological and evolutionary significance in Walpole from destruction by feral pigs.

SCIENTISTS will seek to understand the complex and interconnected processes that enable one of the world’s most biodiverse plant communities to survive in some of the planet’s poorest soils, in a three-year project conducted in the Mid West’s Kwongan shrublands.

EARLY research shows arid Kimberley woodlands may serve as a refuge for endemic animal species badly depleted by toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in other habitats.

SEVEN years after propagating its rare seeds, Kings Park scientists are celebrating the first flowers in their population of the elusive southern Queen of Sheba orchids (Thelymitra variegata).

WHERE you and I might see flesh and bones, Murdoch University’s Dr Natalie Warburton sees evolution, conservation and the endless battle between predator and prey.

MURDOCH University scientists have discovered the first known natural occurrence of hybrids of the plant pathogen Phytophthora, commonly known as the dieback, which has ravaged south-west bushland and forests.

WESTERN Australian plant species have been key to uncovering an ancient co-evolutionary arms race between plants and butterflies, which is still raging on today.

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