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Future transport fuel options laid bare

Australia could supply 90 per cent of its transport fuel needs by 2030 with bio-alcohol derived from wood, generating a $10 billion annual turnover for industry, according to a recent study. This is one of the conclusions of research undertaken by former CSIRO scientist Mr Barney Foran, now a visiting fellow at Charles Sturt University’s (more)...

Airborne scanners put native vegetation on the map

Airborne sensor technology able to gather information about what is visible on ground, such as vegetation, and what is not visible, such as canopy condition and plant water use, has been developed, trialled, and proven. The airborne imaging and vegetation analysis system is a significant breakthrough for rapid and cost-efficient collection of natural resource data. The new technology combines laser scanners and hyper-spectral scanners with other (more)...

Changing face of farming is analysed

Much of rural Australia today is grappling with the challenge of reinvention in the face of declining farm numbers, the exodus of rural youth and “tree change” migration from the city. One of Australia’s leading demographers in rural population change has written a book which explains the transformation of rural Australia.

Clues for saving thirsty Murray trees

Research has provided hope for Lower Murray Valley woodlands which are suffering the effects of poor water flows. Indicators for how to manage environmental flows for maximum benefit to the Lower Murray Valley floodplains have resulted from a Land & Water Australia postgraduate scholarship, which enabled Dr Anne Jensen at the University of Adelaide to investigate the relationship between water availability and the survival of young river red gums, black box (more)...