Science, Research, Climate Change and Agriculture: Stories From The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



31 July 2019

Ground-breaking Western Sydney University research reveals adding silicon to wheat crops (Triticum aestivum) increases leaf silicon levels, enhancing tolerance to attacks by chewing insects.


18 July 2019

Western Sydney University researchers will undertake world-first research into sterile insect technology thanks to a $10 million collaborative project managed by Hort Innovation, with significant cash contributions by the University and the Government of South Australia.

4 July 2019

Parasitic Varroa mites magnify the damage from a common virus in honeybees that can cause deformities in the bees’ wings, according to a review published in the Annual Review of Virology.

Deformed Wings Bees

26 June 2019

New evidence that a species of passerine bird, the native Superb Fairy-wren, can employ torpor that reduces their energy needs in cold conditions.

Passerine Birds Fairy Wren

19 June 2019

Scientists have issued a new warning to humanity that efforts to address climate change demand that we include the immense roles played by microbes.

Microbial Hand Warning

31 May 2019

Scientists have found that although the numbers of microbes in soils are vast, most belong to just a few common species.

Cordyceps fungus consumes the body of an insect

28 March 2019

Western Sydney University is set to play a key role in the future of agritech in Australia after the Federal Government today announced it will invest $35 million over the next ten years in the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

Wei 900

7 May 2019

New research has found that a hormone produced by plants under stress can be applied to crops to alleviate the damage caused by salty soils.

Cotton ACC HIE

19 February 2019

Younger, regrowing forests are much more capable of taking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it away than older established forests...

Young Forests
The research trials were showcased this week on popular television program Gardening Australia for the Which Plant Where project.
Gardening Australia Feb 2019

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