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  1. 23 August 2017 - Science Matters

    The power of recycled poo

    A study, led by the University of Melbourne, finds that animal poo does a better job than synthetic fertilisers for many crops and reduces nitrogen pollution.

  2. 14 July 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Are these Australia’s happiest dairy cows?

    The University of Melbourne's robotic dairy is home to some very happy cows; they decide when they're milked, and even enjoy a back-scratch in the process.

  3. Podcast30 June 2017 - Up Close

    Embracing the finite

    Ecologist Peter Vitousek explores how living in the Anthropocene will force us to make our way with diminished natural resources.

  4. 15 June 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Silage: Rocket-fuel for cows

    Silage provides key nutrition for livestock and allows farmers to manage feed - we ask University of Melbourne experts what it is, and why it smells?

  5. 6 June 2017 - Science Matters

    Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

    Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.

  6. Podcast21 April 2017 - Up Close

    The grand challenge of feeding 9 billion people

    Sustainable agriculture expert Tim Reeves on the radical changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behaviour to feed Earth.

  7. 20 April 2017 - Science Matters

    From Burundi to Australia: Transplanting farming know-how

    Former Burundian refugees in rural Mildura are helping University of Melbourne researchers discover how different farming methods could be used in Australia.

  8. 27 March 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Losing respect for our food

    With increasing populations worldwide, greater demand for meat and an array of environmental issues, agriculture is facing a perfect storm of challenges.

  9. 21 March 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Save our soils: Why dirt matters

    Soil health is vital for human nutrition and the environment, but we manage it poorly; around two thirds of Australian agricultural land has unhealthy soil.

  10. Podcast10 March 2017 - Up Close

    Genetic snip and snap

    Molecular biologist Professor Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.