#Thorsebornetrailnotforsale

On the 25 October 2018 the friends and family of Margaret Thorsborne AO, gathered to say farewell to the Cardwell woman who was a well loved community icon and who dedicated her life to conservation.

Expedition 44 crew members sample leafy greens grown on space station

Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station. Expedition 44 crew members, including NASA’s one-year astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labor after harvesting a crop of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce Monday, […]

Not another story about superbugs?

P Personally, I may not be too affected by a food shortage by 2050 for a couple of reasons.  I could be dead, or at the least very old and only consuming a light fuel of gruel. Currently, I’m in a state of abundance.  Each day I eat my way through thousands of kilojules to […]

Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) — an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive — is highly toxic to honeybee larvae. “We found […]

Mito What?

I’ve just spent a few minutes trying to work out how I’m going to crack the code on the punch key that keeps the childcare centre secure and then I’m inside thanks to a mum who enters the numbers for me.  At the end of a long corridor I’m greeted by a beaming smile from […]

Aussie Eucalypts under threat

Research at the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub has found that heat waves, droughts and floods expected under climate change will alter environmental conditions so much that many eucalypts will no longer survive in their native ranges. Replanting is unlikely to help woodlands and forests persist, the scientists warn. “Trees are vulnerable […]

Hope for new longer flowering chamomile varieties

Chamomile is a medicinal plant used mainly in the treatment of stomach and intestinal diseases, including the field of veterinary medicine. Agricultural scientist Bettina Fähnrich from the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds has been focusing on the genetics of chamomile (Matricaria recutita). She has been looking for chamomile varieties with a triploid […]

The potassium paradox: Implications for soil fertility, crop production and human health

In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, has and is widely used as a major fertiliser in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil fertility. Three University […]

Steroids can regenerate in aquatic ecosystems

Steroidal substances such as those used in agriculture and pharmaceuticals may be persistent in the environment for longer than previously thought. A team of researchers found that anabolic steroids have a mechanism whereby phototransformation is reversed. “We investigated trenbolone, an anabolic steroid, and found that the photochemical breakdown isn’t the end of its life cycle,” […]

Mystery moss rediscovered

A botanical puzzle more than 150 years old could soon be solved, thanks to a discovery by a second-year botany student in Queensland’s far north. James Cook University student Megan Grixti found a population of Sorapilla papuana, an extremely rare moss, growing on a single tree in remote rainforest near Mount Lewis, west of Mossman. […]

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