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Skye Gabb and David McGill This week we attended the Crawford Fund Annual Conference “Waste not, want not: the circular economy to food security”, where industry and research leaders examined food loss and waste along the supply chain. Given the importance of this issue (1/3 of food is lost or wasted every year!), we thought we’d share some of our key take home messages from the conference. The most food waste and loss is “near the fork” in developed regions and “near the farm” in developing regions          Dr Karen Brooks, Dr Brian Lipinksi Food lost or…
Friday, 26 August 2016 00:00

Getting a different perspective

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  There is so much to learn as an early career researcher, the phrase ‘the more I learn the more I realise I don’t know’ comes to mind. I recently attended a farmer workshop on soil fertility and grazing management of pastures. While I am by no means an expert on soil fertility I do know a little bit about grazing management, as a researcher. One of the presenters said to me before the workshop that I would already know all the information being presented. This got me thinking…. if only 5% of the information was new to me and…
  For National Science Week 2016 Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is calling on all Australians to get to know the names of at least five living Australian scientists. To celebrate this RAID has profiled five up and coming Aussie scientists working in international agricultural R4D – and they are Jessica Bogard, Caspar Roxburgh, Julia de Bruyn, David Gale and Anika Molesworth... Enjoy!   Jessica Bogard – linking nutrition, agriculture and the environment Current position: Jessica is a nutritionist doing her PhD at The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health alongside the CSIRO Global Change team. She is researching…
By Perry Poulton and Skye Gabb Perry Poulton is a research agronomist with CSIRO Agriculture and Food who has over 30 years experience working on agricultural research projects in Asia, Africa and Australia. Why is it important to record climate data on agricultural research projects? Agriculture is based around growing food and fibre, and the crops and livestock that produce these products are all influenced by climate. Therefore, researchers need to understand the environment that both crops and livestock experience. This is particularly important given production constraints are often driven by either management or climatic factors.  Figure 1. Perry and…
Friday, 05 August 2016 00:00

Tagging fish in Laos

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Bettina Grieve I am more than half way through my Honours research project on “Retention of Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags in selected Mekong River fish”. There are currently plans to use PIT tagging to understand fish movements across the Lower Mekong Basin in South East Asia. To date, no studies have been performed on any of the 1,200 species that reside here to validate whether the critical requirements for tagging studies are valid for PIT tags. My study aims to explore this gap by trialing PIT tagging technology as a first step in investigating whether it could be a…