Agriculture & Food
TO GET a basic idea of the richness of Western Australia’s soils, Andy Whiteley says you only need to stomp your foot in the ground and then look at the imprint.
IN AN effort to help improve fertiliser application and timing in agricultural farming, researchers have set out to discover what environmental factors affect the microorganisms in soil and what influence these microorganisms have on nitrification rates.
THE results of ‘on farm’ research into the deadly cattle condition ruminal acidosis could help dairy farmers detect the early warning signs and prevent stock loss.
THE nation’s biggest supplier of fertiliser spreaders is using research by CSIRO to show farmers that even fertiliser distribution can help them improve crop yields.
RESEARCHERS say Western Australian farms may be able to survive as financially sound businesses despite the challenge of climate change, however a minority will risk going bankrupt if warming and drying trends continue.
A RECENT forum has questioned whether science can inform and improve animal welfare in research and production.
WA RESEARCH has found probiotic-fed marron needs less food for growth and absorbs nutrients efficiently, which could have major benefits for the commercial marron industry.
A SCIENTIST with 20 years experience breeding field peas (Pisum sativum L.) recommends genetic modification research to mitigate the effects of black spot (Didymella pinodes).
IDEAL conditions for producing perennial legumes – that could be used to relieve the shortage of forage during dry periods – have been identified by agricultural researchers.
WESTERN Australian Department of Agriculture and Food researcher Richard Fennessy is investigating the nuances of the ‘cold soak’ process on the quality of West Australian reds.
MURDOCH University researchers are researching a solutions to possible environmental management problems stemming from inland saline aquaculture.
MURDOCH University scientists have spearheaded international research into creating pest resistant varieties of wheat and barley crops which could be available to Australian grain growers as early as May 2014.
RESEARCHERS have shown combining zero tillage with stubble retention farming practices can help water infiltrate sandy, water repellent soils in Western Australia.
WA has a new hope for drought-tolerant fodder during the dry months after researchers announce the plant tedera holds promise as a new pasture species for sheep and cattle.
NEW UWA research looks at the economic impacts of implementing soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration methods into farming practices and shows that these impacts may prove impractical for farmers.
MURDOCH University scientists have quashed a long-held theory that ‘flighty’ cattle produce ‘dark cutting’, a commercially unfavoured attribute to beef.
EXPERTS at the State Biosecurity Forum recommend strong partnerships and global strategies to secure protection of present and future agriculture for WA.
A NEW technique to control the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitate) is being trialled this season by Fruit West and the Department of Agriculture and Food.
A WESTERN Australian study into the levels of ammonia-oxidising archaea (AOA) and ammonia-oxidising bacteria (AOB) in soils is aiding in the understanding of the nitrogen cycle in agricultural systems.