Animals, Food & You
Veterinary treatment and research, animal health and welfare, the science and economics of food production and farming.
Drones will one day help Australian farms think for themselves: living, breathing self-sufficient pieces of land.
Why a cat’s whiskers are the bee’s knees
Whether being used to aid navigation, warn of incoming predators or mop up milk, whiskers are an important addition to a cat's senses.
Dairy’s (climate) changing future
Climate change is forecast to reduce profitability for Australia's dairy farmers, but adaptation methods already in hand could help cushion the blow.
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 Professor Lee Dugatkin talks to the University of Melbourne's Up Close podcast about 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.