A study of Australian wildflower communities is improving understanding of how climatic stress controls plant diversity, based on the strategies different species use to survive, grow and reproduce.
As a ‘Future Fellow,’ Dr Scott Johnson from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) will receive more than $900,000 in funding from the Australian Research Council to conduct the ‘Time to prime: Using silicon to activate grass resistance under higher CO2’ project.
Dingoes could be the antidote to Australia’s destructive red fox populations, but only if reintroduced to areas humans have removed them from, according to international research.
When the group of farmers arrived at Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus late in 2016, they were quiet and withdrawn. All 12 had been touched by rural suicide and the university campus was a long way, physically and emotionally, from the world of commodity prices and dam levels. “By lunchtime, however, they had really opened up and everyone was talking to each other,” Valentina La Piana, Swinburne’s Manager of Screen and Media, says. “They realised that they weren’t alone, that other people had felt that desolation as well.” The three-day digital storytelling project aimed to forge connections between farmers, show the pervasiveness of suicide in the bush, and explore…
The opportunities Sharna Holman received as part of her high school education led this city girl to a career in agriculture.