agriculture

  • Air pollution interferes with pollination

    Butterflies and bees may be confused by common air pollutants, study shows.

    Pollinators like bees and butterflies are responsible for one in every three bites we eat. These insects already face...

    Agriculture January 20, 2022
  • Ozone pollution responsible for billions in crop losses

    A new analysis reveals massive wheat, rice and corn crop damage across East Asia.

    A Chinese-led team of researchers has found that ozone pollution is causing an estimated AU$87 billion in crop damage...

    Agriculture January 18, 2022
  • 5 cow stories to get you in the Christmas moo-d

    Here are our five favourite cow science stories that cropped up in 2021.

    Eggnog. Cream-covered pavlova. A traditional Aussie barbeque. All these Christmas feast foods require one very imp...

    Agriculture December 27, 2021
  • Sparkling science

    If you reach for a glass of bubbly this festive season, take a moment to savour the sophisticated...

    Taste a glass of sparkling wine and uncork the science. Some of the 49 million bubbles found in each bottle will hit ...

    Agriculture December 10, 2021
  • The fluctuating fortunes of La Niña

    The La Niña weather cycle is here for another year. What does that mean for our grain harvest?

    The sky is blue, it’s hot but not too hot, and there’s a gentle breeze in the air. It’s perfect harvest weather. “...

    Agriculture December 10, 2021
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    Want to get into backyard farming?

    Is urban agriculture just a nice idea, or a plausible reality?

    With half of the world’s population now living in cities, a number that is projected to reach two-thirds in the comin...

    Agriculture December 9, 2021
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    Nature, food and kinship

    How has the unique Australian landscape shaped foodways, plant use and kinship systems among Abor...

    Bringing Aboriginal food and plant knowledge to a new audience Most people know that Australia is home to many uni...

    Culture November 23, 2021
  • Women are changing the rules of Australian agriculture

    Motivated by social and environmental justice, women are challenging traditional stereotypes and ...

    Olympia Yarger’s farming day starts at sunrise. By eight in the morning, she has already collected the eggs. Next, sh...

    Agriculture November 5, 2021
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    What do astronauts eat?

    The challenges of growing plants in space.

    When we move off into the interplanetary expanse, we will still need to be well fed. But food isn't exactly abundant ...

    Agriculture October 28, 2021
  • Game-changing GM crop finally planted in Nigeria

    After decades of research, Nigeria’s farmers are growing a GM version of their staple legume that...

    Last July, for the first time, subsistence farmers in Nigeria planted a new variety of genetically modified (GM) cowp...

    Agriculture August 31, 2021
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    Ugly bugs, farmbots, and friends to lovers – here’s what happened in science last week.

    Big cockroach evolution According to the evolutionary tree of Australian burrowing cockroaches, published in Syste...

    Animals July 19, 2021
  • Sex, money and absent fathers: it’s truffle season

    The unique flavour of the truffle makes it a culinary delicacy. But its mysterious life cycle con...

    FROM VISIONS OF RUSTIC Frenchmen stalking through misty forests in search of arboreal delicacies to the drama of haut...

    Agriculture June 25, 2021
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