A huge amount of effort is going into protecting the Great Barrier Reef – often the kilometres away from where the coral is actually living. Researchers now have a better understanding of the system of erosion and sediment transport processes connecting agricultural land with water quality in the Reef. Critical to improving land management practices.
Oldman saltbush is a regular sight for regional tourists, and a CSIRO variety of the native shrub has been found to improve profitability for graziers in Australia’s most marginal regions.
Taking product from farm to market in Australia can involve distances of hundreds of kilometres and high freight costs. A group of NSW and Queensland councils has turned to computer modelling to work out where local infrastructure bottlenecks are, and how they could be fixed.
On the farm, the negative impact to beneficial insects can sometimes negate the positive effects of insecticides. But there’s a lack of research quantifying non-target impacts of one particular group, neonicotinoids.
Global trade means global pests – not just in the way they spread but in the way they breed. Hybridisation of two moth species has now been confirmed, creating a fast-generating, pesticide-resistant mega pest which threatens broad-acre crops across the Americas. What’s next?
Meat consumption has been on the increase with improved standards of living and growing populations around the world. But how do you quantify the environmental cost of feeding the stock feeding that increase?
Graziers the world over are facing increasingly variable rainfall, new research shows. The next question is: How will they manage their livestock as they face this unpredictability?
The fate of the environment just got personal. It turns out, everyone’s waist lines add up and what’s better for your health is also better for the environment.
What truck drivers do in clicks, scientists have done in data – tracking the great distances travelled by Australian produce from farm gate to market. It’s all to make for better infrastructure investment and make those long journeys more efficient and reliable.