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Issue 279 – Oceans for lives and livelihoods
Oceans are our planet’s largest life-support system. They sustain our lives and livelihoods every day. From providing food to eat, jobs and resources, and health and well-being. This edition of ECOS takes a deep dive under the ocean surface to showcase new discoveries, sustainable fishing, and what the next decade holds to ensure a healthy marine environment.
Counting every drop: Measuring evaporation in dams
Australia is one of the sunniest places on the planet. That means we lose large volumes of water from our reservoirs through evaporation. Our scientists have created a way to measure evaporation rates with expert precision, helping to better manage water resources.
Preparing for Victoria’s water future in a warmer and drier climate
New research shows that Victoria’s climate is changing and with that comes the need to better understand how the water cycle is changing and how this will impact on water supplies.
Wheat’s complex immune system requires a smart health response against disease
Covid-19 has shown us the fragility of our health, and the power of science to rapidly respond. Similar breakthroughs are waiting in the wings if a comparable disaster befell agriculture.
Overcoming a chemically limited future for weed, pest and disease control in agriculture
Agriculture uses an array of chemicals to control weeds, pests and diseases. However, a systems approach to reduce, redesign or replace chemical use will be needed to meet new demands.