WA

  • Bacteria to make the desert bloom
    Posted in: 2015, WA

    A new species of the soil bacteria forms a partnership with clover and other important agricultural legumes to fertilise them naturally, according to Perth researchers at Murdoch University. We will need water-efficient plants that survive in desert conditions. This research is helping to make agricultural legumes more efficient and may one day lead to growing […]

  • Tackling clumsiness may help improve bone health
    Posted in: 2015, WA

    Growth spurts can make any teenager a bit clumsy, but for some, clumsiness is an indication of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Perth researchers have now shown that people with this condition may be at risk of poor bone health and fractures later in life. “Teenagers with this disorder are likely to be less physically active,” […]

  • Greener pastures for Australian sheep industry
    Posted in: 2015, WA

    The poorest Australian soils can be turned into green farmable landscapes with a herbaceous South African plant that can provide ‘green feed’ for sheep over the dry summer months according to Perth researchers. At the moment, sheep graze on pastures of legumes like clover and alfalfa, but these fail to supply a sustainable food source […]

  • 2D carbon set to speed up our smartphones
    Posted in: 2015, WA

    Tiny flakes of graphene can speed up chemical reactions, increasing the efficiency of our smart devices and reducing costs across industries such as mining and pharmaceutics according to Perth researchers. “Shaped like honeycomb, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, as transparent as glass and can conduct electricity better than copper,” explains Dr Amir Karton, […]