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Water scarcity hotspots shifting

Water scarcity hotspots shifting

Dams, reservoirs and irrigation systems rob downstream water users while benefits tend to stay upstream, finds a recent global study of water use.
Claudia Caruana, SciDev.Net, Published 10th Aug 2017
New wave of extinctions predicted for vital food species

New wave of extinctions predicted for vital food species

A WWF study has found that one quarter of UNESCO World Heritage sites are threatened by illegal species trade, fuelling poaching, illegal fishing and deforestation.
Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, SciDev.Net, Published 10th Aug 2017
'Soil Whisperer' Dr Greg Bender saves Monaro grasses with compost

'Soil Whisperer' Dr Greg Bender saves Monaro grasses with compost

Dr Greg Bender and his partner at Australian Soil Management are solving complex soil problems in the simple, old-school way: holistically, with compost.
Pennie Scott, The Land, Published 28th Jul 2017
Egyptian invention halves rice crop irrigation-water use

Egyptian invention halves rice crop irrigation-water use

The Egyptian inventor of an innovative water-conserving machine claims it cuts by half the amount of water needed in rice cultivation, offering significant benefits to Egypt, whose share of Nile water is threatened by the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – and to farmers globally grappling with water scarcity.
Mohamed El-Sayed, SciDev.Net, Published 28th Jul 2017
Autonomous weed-sprayer frees up farmers

Autonomous weed-sprayer frees up farmers

Tired of trawling around the paddock at a snail’s pace for hours and days at a time, spraying your crop with chemical herbicides? Now, you don’t have to.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 28th Jul 2017
CoOL change: companies pioneer new food labelling rules

CoOL change: companies pioneer new food labelling rules

From 1 July 2018, Australian businesses will be required by law to affix new, detailed country of origin labelling to all 'priority' foods, with the government ramping up efforts to promote the new CoOL system to producers and consumers ahead of the mandatory adoption date.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 24th Jul 2017
$14m project to turn livestock waste into profitable bioproducts

$14m project to turn livestock waste into profitable bioproducts

QUT will head up the research on a $14 million national project that aims to further Australia’s burgeoning bioproducts industry and help win the global war on waste.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 13th Jul 2017
Cutting-edge weed-ID tool to cut herbicide use Down Under

Cutting-edge weed-ID tool to cut herbicide use Down Under

A high-tech weed-mapping and identification tool known as the H-Sensor, developed in Germany and currently being adapted by SPAA researchers for Australia, will benefit growers, the environment and consumers’ health by cutting herbicide use.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 13th Jul 2017
Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

Livestock farmers and Landcare participants Graeme and Wendy Ross have planted 16,000 trees and 3,000-odd seedlings on their 800-hectare property, boosting biodiversity, providing native habitat and sheltering their sheep and cattle.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 13th Jul 2017
Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

Bananas genetically modified by QUT researchers to be higher in vitamin A are being grown in Uganda in a breakthrough initiative hoped to save the lives of thousands of east African children a year.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jul 2017

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