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Animals, Food & You

Veterinary treatment and research, animal health and welfare, the science and economics of food production and farming.

  1. 9 August 2016 – Agribusiness, Agricultural, Food Sciences, Horticulture

    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.

  2. 5 August 2016 – Dogs, Pet Health

    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.

  3. 21 June 2016 – Agricultural, Climate change, Farming, Food Sciences

    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.

  4. 3 June 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, Evolution

    The necessity of kindness

    Evolutionary biologist Prof Lee Dugatkin on altruistic behaviour in insects, animals and beyond.

  5. 28 April 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Human Behaviour , Sociology

    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.

  6. 2 March 2016 – Agricultural, Biosecurity, Food Sciences, Sciences

    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.

  7. 1 April 2016 – Animal Welfare, Farming, Public Policy

    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.

  8. 11 January 2016 – Diet, Obesity, Public health

    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.

  9. 18 December 2015 – Food Security, Health, Microbiology

    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.

  10. 9 December 2015 – Dogs, Viticulture, Wine

    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.