Animals, Food & You
Veterinary treatment and research, animal health and welfare, the science and economics of food production and farming.
The black spot on Australia’s chilli industry
The discovery of four new pathogens that lead to a damaging disease in chillies is likely to put Australia's biosecurity measures under the spotlight.
Does a wet nose mean a healthy dog?
A dog's wet nose means it's healthy, right? It’s a well-worn adage that drives thousands of visits to the vet, so let’s unwrap the fact from the fiction.
Climate change: What it means for fruits
Some fruits may be in short supply in coming years according to new research analysing the impact of climate change on Australia's fruit growing industries.
The necessity of kindness
Evolutionary biologist Prof Lee Dugatkin on altruistic behaviour in insects, animals and beyond.
Breaking: Pigs like cuddles too
Pigs produce more oxytocin or 'love hormone' after positive interaction with a human, suggesting they feel emotions just like we do, a world-first study shows.
Biosecurity and the beekeeper
Bees are delicate, central to the crop economy and a sentinel species in the monitoring of biosecurity. They're also fascinating creatures who get a bad rap.
Putting the chicken before the eggs
The proposed rules for limits in the number of hens per metre allowed in free range egg farms work to make us feel better, rather than ensure animal welfare.
How the obesity debate is being artificially sweetened
The soft drink industry is shifting attention from having a healthy diet to maintaining an active lifestyle with an emphasis on energy balance.
Germ warfare: Young researchers combatting diverse microbe threats
Two young science researchers discuss their investigations of microbes that threaten, respectively, human health and our food supply.
Plant diseases no match for man’s best friend
Dogs still beat electronic sensors when it comes to detecting pests and disease in rough environments.