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  1. I note from the PR about the new bat viruses book that it is stated that this is the first book dedicated to bats since 1972. This is incorrect. In 2000 Dr Les Hall and I wrote ‘Flying Foxes: Fruit and Blossom Bats of Australia. [University of New South Wales Press: Sydney] and in 2012 another book on the natural history of Australian bats through CSIRO Publishing. Just search for ‘bats’ on their website. I hope that you can correct this serious and misleading error. Regards – Greg Richards

    1. Hi Greg, thanks for your comment. I’ve moved it over underneath the story for the author to respond to here:

  2. I Have invented a method to water livestock in a fully loaded truck or carriage. If you feel it has legs and value contact me.If there is no interest I will try further afield. Cheers

  3. While I am an amateur forester, I have planted over a million trees and recovered previously unproductive salt-degraded land for myself and my neighbours. In my observations, I have noticed the benefit of companion planting, and in particular acacias in combination with melaleucas improve the growth rate of eucalypts growing in association with them. While so many people assume other plants will compete for and deprive the eucalypts crop trees of limited moisture and nutrients, this is clearly not relevant. Growth rates have been improved by as much as 600% – this is clearly good for the environment as so much extra carbon is being sequestered from the atmospheric carbon dioxide. A unique tree-planting technology has also been developed that ensures exceptional survival rates are achieved when planting under extremely challenging, arid and semi-arid conditions. It would be great if foresters around the world were to adopt these simple measures, both for their own financial benefits and the environment.

    1. That sounds really surprising, interesting & useful David Kennett. I am aiming to gain a Bachelor Degree at uni in Forestry Science & Management sometime in future, so your observational comment is of interest to me, hopefully also to people qualified & in a position to investigate results that you mentioned.

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