Sugarcane farmers in far north Queensland have a new app by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, that will help them manage fertiliser use and reduce nitrogen runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef.
Research undertaken by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is trying to develop new ways to control the pathogen for powdery scab, a potato disease. It wants to get a better understanding of why it survives in the soil, how it wakes up and how it affects the potato.
Australia is currently facing the worst bushfires in its history, with officials noting the crisis is unlike anything the country has ever seen and could have long-lasting impacts. The impact to livestock, pets and wildlife has been devastating. According to the Wall Street Journal, thousands of livestock have already been killed – additional hits on a farm sector that was already suffering from a three-year drought – and millions more animals have been impacted. As always in the face of disaster, Zoetis colleagues are stepping up to support customers and communities by providing emergency veterinary services and consultations, organising product donations, and supporting the mental health of those affected through our relationship with Beyond Blue.