For over a century, royal jelly has been thought to contain a substance that determines whether honey bees develop into workers or queens.
An international team of scientists have identified a naturally occurring gene variation that influences sodium content in barley crops. The finding could help to advance the development of barley varieties with greater yield and better resilience to varying salt conditions.
Ensuring their businesses are sustainable and therefore seen as more socially acceptable to local communities, are the two leading factors driving Western Australian commercial fisheries to seek MSC certification – according to new research by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Commonwealth Scientific and…
Climate change, deforestation, bushfires, tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and now COVID-19* have all had major impacts on beekeepers in the Australia-Pacific region.
Pollinator declines have the potential to seriously affect food security and have driven an increased interested in non-bee pollinators, of which hoverflies are the most prominent group, visiting 72% of global food crops worth US$300 billion per year and over 70% of wildflowers.