Resistance to Key Herbicide

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Paraquat Resistance Discovered in Major Weed

ScienceDaily  — Scientists at the University of Adelaide have discovered new cases of herbicide resistance in annual ryegrass, one of the world's most serious and costly weeds.

Glyphosate & crop nutrient interactions

"Glyphosate is a strong, broad spectrum nutrient chelate that inhibits plant enzymes responsible for disease resistance so that plants succumb to pathogenic attack. Widespread glyphosate-induced nutrient deficiency is reducing crop production efficiency and increasing plant disease."

 Glyphosate & crop nutrient interactions have been a topic of conversation in recent times. This article by Dr. Don Huber in the US summarises his view on the subject:

Busy beetles

Busy beetles

ENIGMATIC ECHIDNAS

Echidna

 

We have resident Echidnas at our place. They are very shy and every time I have come across one I have been without my camera!

But here are some interesting points about this enigmatic, solitary mammal.

Bearded dragon

Bearded dragon

 

Pale Knob-tailed Gecko

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources 

Witchelina

News: Huge new conservation reserve for South Australia

Witchelina is a vast conservation area in the arid heartland of South Australia. At more than 4,200 square kilometres, it is the largest property ever purchased for the National Reserve System through Caring for our Country.

Bacteria boosting Acacias

 

Bacteria boosted wattles help 're-green' Australia

Re-planting areas cleared of native vegetation is difficult and time consuming but critical to addressing dryland salinity and biodiversity loss on farm land. 
Scientists in the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (CPBR) have found a way to improve establishment rates and performance of newly planted wattles by using a soil bacterium called Bradyrhizobium.

 

Birds Of Our Area - Superb Fairy Wren

Birds Of Our Area  - Superb Fairy Wren

The Superb Fairy-wren is the most widespread of the ten species of Fairy-wren, which are found only in Australia. Fairy-wrens are not closely related to the wrens of the northern hemisphere. The Superb Fairy-wren is found in south-eastern Australia, south from the Tropic of Capricorn through to the south-eastern corner of South Australia. It is an abundant species and was once common in urban areas, although it now appears to be disappearing from major cities.

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