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  • Using technology familiar to computer gamers, University of Queensland scientists are creating ‘digital twins’ of mango and macadamia orchards to help boost food production.
  • A ground-breaking multi-nation study has shown that breeding strong tick resistance into all cattle breeds is feasible, indicating that cattle tick may be much more effectively managed, or even eradicated.
  • Indigenous communities can now assess the quality and sweetness of their wild-harvested native bush fruits in the field, rather than sending samples off to food science laboratories.
  • Limited water and extreme heat at flowering are common constraints on sorghum production. However, in recent seasons lack of spring sowing opportunities has reduced sown areas and grain yields, and eliminated double-cropping opportunities, as most sorghum crops have been sown too late in summer.
  • A new statistical methodology that ‘untangles’ the effects that different environmental conditions have on field trials could be a game-changer.
    When agronomic trials are conducted, trials are repeated across multiple sites or seasons to determine environmental influences on results.
  • Researchers are taking to the skies to help see what is happening underground in a new project that aims to improve one of Australia’s largest grain crops - barley.

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