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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
Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Australian scientists have bred a high-yielding, fast-maturing medium-grain rice variety that ups water efficiency by 10 percent and enables farmers to harvest two rice crops a year.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 15th Mar 2018
100,000+ sterile Qflies dropped on Adelaide in biotech attack

100,000+ sterile Qflies dropped on Adelaide in biotech attack

Hundreds of thousands of sterile Queensland fruit flies were dropped from planes over the Adelaide region on 2 March 2018, launching an ambitious national plan to reduce the numbers of this costly, endemic crop pest.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 2nd Mar 2018
Cows go to the beach, too

Cows go to the beach, too

It’s bulls vs bull sharks: South Africa’s Nguni cattle have been hanging out on the world’s most dangerous beach for more than 500 years – and Melbourne-based photographer Chris Rimmer has created 20 striking portraits of the phenomenon....
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 1st Mar 2018
Take the AUSVEG survey: $1,000 in John Deere tools up for grabs

Take the AUSVEG survey: $1,000 in John Deere tools up for grabs

Member-growers who complete the 2018 AUSVEG Communications Survey are in the running to win a handy grand’s worth of John Deere tools. But act soon: the survey closes mid-February.
AgInnovators, Published 30th Jan 2018
Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

US soil scientists have shown that perennial biofuel and cover crops can help protect valuable cash crops by buffering soils against temperature changes that could otherwise impact negatively on plant growth and yield.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

In a world-first field trial, QUT researchers have successfully developed and grown Cavendish banana cultivars that are resistant to virulent soil-borne fungus Fusarium wilt TR4, also known as Panama disease. The finding is a global game-changer.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th Nov 2017
Australian scientists make world’s strongest material from air and soybean oil

Australian scientists make world’s strongest material from air and soybean oil

CSIRO scientists in Sydney, Australia have developed a way to create graphene cheaply and simply using soybean oil and O2. Their innovative GraphAir technology also works with oil-based food waste.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 3rd Nov 2017
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
Sweet smell of success: British teen wins UK-wide comp with novel food-product concept

Sweet smell of success: British teen wins UK-wide comp with novel food-product concept

Could the world’s next big diet aid be scratch’n’sniff strawberries? British teenager Isabel Hyde, winner of RB's Future of Science challenge, will spend the next few years in a state-of-the-art new research hub in Hull, finding out.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 21st Oct 2017

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