Private land ‘can help save Australia’s imperilled wildlife’

Private land ‘can help save Australia’s imperilled wildlife’

PRIVATE land can help protect Australia’s endangered bird populations as effectively as the nation’s best performing conservation reserves, a new study shows.. In the surprising discovery, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University (ANU) have found that unprotected areas are faring far better than old conservation …. more

China receives first shipment of Australian apples

China receives first shipment of Australian apples

Baden Ribbon, Marketing Manager, Hansen Orchards (far right), talks to Asian fruit importers on a tour of Tasmania with APAL (Apple and Pear Australia Limited) in February 2014. A SHIPMENT of Australian apples from Tasmania’s Hansen Orchards arrived in China last week for China-Australia Business Week, in a move that could open up more apple exports from the State. …. more

ODFA now distributing commercial quantities of organic butter

ODFA now distributing commercial quantities of organic butter

CONFUSED about how much saturated fat is too much following a new mega study which found no evidence saturated fat in butter and cheese is associated with a greater risk of heart disease? Well a group of Victorian farmers says it’s time to get back to basics. The study partly funded by the British Heart …. more

Mobile Service Centre to help drought-hit farmers in NSW and QLD

DROUGHT-AFFECTED farmers are encouraged to visit Mobile Service Centre ‘Desert Pea’ when it’s in North Western Queensland next week, and Mobile Service Centre ‘Kangaroo Paw’ as it continues its tour of Northern NSW, to test their eligibility for income support by lodging a claim. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon. Marise Payne said the …. more

New research shows gene fault adds to melanoma risk

AN international research project co-funded by Cancer Council Queensland has identified a gene mutation that puts people at an extremely high risk of developing melanoma. The research team, including scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, found mutations in the POT1 gene caused a hereditary form of melanoma. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Kim Ryan said …. more

USQ agribusiness team nabs top research funding

USQ agribusiness team nabs top research funding

The Institute for Agriculture and the Environment research team includes Dr Geoff Slaughter, pictured above, and Professor Julie Cotter. A UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) research team has secured Federal Government funding to examine what makes a farm business successful. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) funding will go towards the Understanding Australian …. more

Updated pest animals App for smart phone users

Updated pest animals App for smart phone users

AN updated version of a popular free smartphone App to help people identify Australia’s worst pest animals is now available from the Invasive Animals CRC. Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Invasive Animals CRC, said that the innovative and popular ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals’ App, initially released in mid-2013, now provides iOS mobile device users …. more

Nominations open for Queensland science awards

Nominations open for Queensland science awards

2013 Peter Doherty Award recipients. NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education. Education, Training and Employment Minister, John-Paul Langbroek said the awards recognised Year 12 students, science teachers, support officers, schools and science education partners who make outstanding contributions to science education in Queensland. “This …. more

BioFach’s 25th anniversary attracts 42,445 visitors to world’s leading exhibition

BioFach’s 25th anniversary attracts 42,445 visitors to world’s leading exhibition

THE 25th anniversary of BIOFACH and the eighth edition of VIVANESS held in Nurnberg, Germany last month saw 42,445* trade visitors from 135 countries attend. The world’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, impressed once again with their four-day presentation of varied, innovative and high-quality products. …. more

Australian shoppers flock to Farmers’ Markets

Australian shoppers flock to Farmers’ Markets

Discerning fresh food buyers at Eveleigh Farmers’ Market, Sydney. NEW national consumer research has examined where Australians typically shop for their fresh vegetables – and the results may surprise mainstream fresh food retailers. The Colmar Brunton Omnibus Survey (conducted in January and February 2014) on behalf of the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) reports that …. more

The effects of artificial lighting on marine turtles

The effects of artificial lighting on marine turtles

Monitoring Turtle Loggerhead nesting. THE Coolum Coast Care turtle group, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has seen the negative effects artificial lighting has on endangered, nesting, Marine Turtles and Turtle Hatchlings first-hand over the past seven years of collecting important turtle nesting data on the Coast. The group recently attended a Marine Turtle Training day with …. more

Help save the Great Barrier Reef

Help save the Great Barrier Reef

DESPITE the protestations of Queensland’s Deputy Premier, dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters will cause damage including to the seagrass beds at Abbot Point which will be ripped up if dredging goes ahead, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, Felicity Wishart, said the dredging process …. more

Noosa Landcare facilitates forum – What is best for the koala?

Noosa Landcare facilitates forum – What is best for the koala?

LOCAL, state and national perspectives on topical koala conservation issues – including politics, current research, rescue efforts, vet protocols and on-ground habitat preservation and restoration endeavours – were aired in a forum facilitated by Noosa & District Landcare Group last month. The collective wisdom and experience of six koala conservation groups, and their individual insights …. more

Time to ‘Frog Around’ – Sunshine Coast volunteers needed

Time to ‘Frog Around’ – Sunshine Coast volunteers needed

The Giant Barred Frog.  WITH summer now here and the recent rain events, we are about to see an increase in frog activity on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. In an effort to better understand our environment, Maroochy Waterwatch will be conducting frog surveys at selected sites to determine species abundance and diversity. “We  have been …. more

Draft Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment released

Draft Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment released

The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Tourism Queensland. THE Great Barrier Reef will remain one of the world’s best managed reefs through the Queensland Government’s draft Strategic Assessment of the Great Barrier Reef coastal zone. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the report assessed how the State’s planning, …. more

National Parks emergency grazing measures to end

National Parks emergency grazing measures to end

Harry Redford cattle drive 2011. Photo courtesy Tourism and Events Queensland THE Queensland Government will not extend emergency grazing measures in National Parks beyond December 31, this year. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the six month temporary agistment permits for five national parks in North-West Queensland were provided as a crisis management tool in …. more

Dynamic, organic duo to present at Slow Food Noosa’s breakfast

Dynamic, organic duo to present at Slow Food Noosa’s breakfast

Gary Hands from Kookaburra Organics. IF YOU’VE ever wondered what the fuss is about organic produce and the difference it can make to your life, don’t miss Slow Food Noosa’s next breakfast featuring local farmer Gary Hands from Kookaburra Organics and farmer/cook/writer Lizzie Moult from blog “Strayed from the Table”. The dynamic duo will unearth …. more

Flood affected farmers reminded of assistance application deadline

Flood affected farmers reminded of assistance application deadline

Queensland farmers, businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by flooding earlier this year and planning to apply for natural disaster assistance must finalise their applications by the end of November 2013.  This support applies to Category C and D assistance under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister for Agriculture, …. more

New national standard for grapevine propagation

New national standard for grapevine propagation

PURCHASERS of grapevine cuttings now have access to a new national standard for grapevine propagation material, following the completion of a project funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) last month, September, 2013. This means that people purchasing grapevine propagation material sold under the standard can be assured about the cutting’s …. more

Mushrooms can provide all the Vitamin D we need in just one serve

Mushrooms can provide all the Vitamin D we need in just one serve

Foods like these sun-exposed mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D. A NEW Sydney University study released this month proved that mushrooms can provide 100 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D – a deficiency affecting more than a third of Australians. In addition, research just released by Australian Mushroom Growers …. more