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Canola pest workshop at Birchip

05 Aug 2011 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Sam Strano and Stuart McColl from the Sustainable Agriculture team at cesar will be facilitating a pest management workshop at the upcoming BCG Canola Diagnostic Schools forum. It’s an opportunity for grain growers and advisors to refresh their skills in insect identification, get a close up look with a range...

Australia’s Orange Bellied Parrot is Flying Close to Extinction

01 Aug 2011 | Filed under genetic insights

With an estimated 50 individuals left in the wild, the orange-bellied parrot is considered one of the worlds rarest and most endangered species. In conjunction with Melbourne Water, cesar is supporting conservation efforts by advising on the genetic management of this critically endangered species.

Insecticide resistance challenges

31 Jul 2011 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Dr Paul Umina, Director at cesar, recently contributed to the 2011 edition of the Research on the Riverine Plains. His article discusses the significant challenges that growers are likely to face in the future due to insecticide resistance in redlegged earth mites and other crop pests. 

Platypuses need water to survive but the 2011 Melbourne floods could have been too much!

21 Jul 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

The widespread Melbourne floods of early 2011 have likely lead to the sharp drop in platypus numbers recently identified by cesar. Future platypus surveys will be crucial in determining the flood response and recovery of platypus numbers.

A genetic rescue of the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum at Mt Buller

16 Jun 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

The Australian mountain pygmy possum population on Mt Buller has suffered one of the most drastic declines in numbers and genetic diversity ever documented for a mammal. cesar is leading a team responsible for conducting Australia’s first ever genetic rescue of a wild native species population through a wild translocation.