Category Archives: Science and research

Working dogs, industries and issues

Two weeks ago the Working Dog Alliance held its inaugural conference. I really wish I could have gone – it sounded utterly fascinating, not to mention having a guest speaker from police work (cool!) and the Karen Pryor academy (her … Continue reading

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Cucumbers to tell us about their soil

Healthy soil contains a good microbial community – but we don’t know that much about how soil microbes change over a growing season. Sandrine Makiela at CQU has been researching the topic for a while, studying soil communities and their … Continue reading

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Where a bandicoot has dug

There’s a corner up the back of my zone 4 garden with soil like the rest of our area, but worse. Sandy, rainshadowed in winter, heat-burned in summer, hydrophobic off the scale. No sign of any previous soil conditioning, though … Continue reading

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Food provenancing – the forensic traceability of food and drink

This weekend at the crimeScene conference I attended several forensic science sessions along with some fascinating sessions on writing science and accurately conveying the story of science. Most of the sessions related to murders and murder mysteries (OK, guilty pleasure). … Continue reading

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Using poo to combat climate change

One of my many early memories of farming practices was going with Mum and Dad to the sludge plant. I was young enough then that I only have fragments of the memory left. Driving up and around the hill to … Continue reading

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Applications open for 2014 Science Awards for young rural innovators

Grant applications are now open for the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative … Continue reading

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More on Enrich, the Eureka Prize winners

Back in early September, a collaboration of researchers won the Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture for their body of work on a project called Enrich. Here’s a little more about it. The Enrich project started in 2004 with the aims … Continue reading

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