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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Currently, our main defence against crop pests is synthetic pesticides- but using them comes at a cost. By contrast, biological controls use pests' natural enemies, predators and parasitoids, to defeat them without collateral damage to beneficial insects or the environment.
The Conversation, Published 16th May 2018
Plant Innovation Centre to bolster Australia’s biosecurity

Plant Innovation Centre to bolster Australia’s biosecurity

With passenger and cargo arrivals expected to near-double by 2050, Australia is preparing for a biosecurity assault, launching an R&D facility near Melbourne’s international airport to develop innovations that safeguard plant biosecurity.
AgInnovators, Published 2nd Nov 2017
$11m for new Queensland grains research hub

$11m for new Queensland grains research hub

South-East Queensland’s fertile Darling Downs is set to become a hub for cropping research following the announcement of an $11 million co-investment in a Grains Research.
AgInnovators, Published 5th Oct 2017
Cotton Breeding Australia marks a decade of better cotton

Cotton Breeding Australia marks a decade of better cotton

One of the most successful joint ventures in Australian agriculture, the partnership between CSD and CSIRO has resulted in the development of more than 100 new cotton varieties, tailored for conditions Down Under and underpinning the industry’s growing success.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 23rd Aug 2017
Run, rabbits, run…K5 calicivirus release

Run, rabbits, run…K5 calicivirus release

Over the first week of March 2017, NSW DPI released the deadly Korean (K5) strain of rabbit calicivirus across rabbit-plagued regions of the state as part of a nationwide rollout. Initial reports indicate that the release has been a resounding success.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 17th May 2017
 Australia leads global fight against our number-one National Priority Plant Pest

Australia leads global fight against our number-one National Priority Plant Pest

Experts from six nations will gather in Brisbane mid-May in a bid to find ways to defend against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the world’s most devastating plant pests.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th May 2017
Harvard scientists use PACE to fast-track discovery of Bt toxins to target super-bugs

Harvard scientists use PACE to fast-track discovery of Bt toxins to target super-bugs

Bugs that survive insecticides grow stronger. And discovering new, effective toxins through genetics is time-consuming – finding the nexus between a particular bug and its poison can take decades. Now, scientists at Massachusetts’ Harvard University are using advanced PACE technology speed up the search for new Bt toxins to kill insecticide-resistant super-bugs.
AgInnovators, Published 24th Jun 2016
A ‘sixth sense’ for humidity helps insects stay out of climatic trouble

A ‘sixth sense’ for humidity helps insects stay out of climatic trouble

The discovery of the mechanisms – neuronal, genetic and mechanical – governing insects’ ability to detect changes in humidity may lead to new strategies for controlling pest populations.
Marco Gallio & Marcus Stensmyr, The Conversation, Published 18th May 2016
Wasp vs wasp: new citrus pest control strategy pits predator against prey

Wasp vs wasp: new citrus pest control strategy pits predator against prey

A new integrated pest management project is using native predators and natural repellents in a bid to curtail the costly citrus gall wasp.
AgInnovators, Published 27th Mar 2016
New DNA tests detect resistant insects – before they attack your stored grain

New DNA tests detect resistant insects – before they attack your stored grain

New DNA tests for pesticide-resistant critters developed by researchers at New South Wales’ Yanco Agricultural Institute could revolutionise the way we protect valuable stored grain from insect pests.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th Dec 2015

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