For the past four years, Charles Sturt University researcher Gavin Ash and his team from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales have been developing a biological control using native nematodes with promising results.
In the early stages, they collected 300 different nematodes from across South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland and tested each against snails in the laboratory.
They found a couple of isolates which kill all four major snail species, common white snail, white Italian snail, conical snail and small conical snail, within 10 to 14 days of being introduced.
Thu 3 May 12
John Wightman: Goodbye bees – and thanks!
Honey bees are amazing creatures, but they are dying by the millions. John Wightman looks at our slow reaction to their disappearance, calling for someone to apply slow response thought processes so as to search for a global solutions. Quoting Einstein, if the bee disappears from the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life. More... Source:Agriculturesnetwork
Tue 28 Feb 12
Faunistic diversity of Spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of the Savanna Biome in South Africa
During the second phase of the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) all available information on spider species distribution in the South African floral biomes was compiled. The Savanna Biome, the largest biome in the country, occupies over one third of the surface area. A total of 1270 localities in the Savanna Biome have been sampled since 1979. The rationale for this project was primarily to gather baseline information on diversity in an area that has been previously poorly sampled. Most sampling and taxonomic research on South African arachnids, undertaken between the periods 1820-1960, was based on the fauna of the coastal provinces, as most of the practicing arachnologists were stationed there. It was only in the late seventies that more intensive sampling started in the central and northern provinces of South Africa.
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Thu 26 Jan 12
SAFRINET: Finding new ways to move forward
SAFRINET was one of the first networks of BioNET to be established. Since then, the climate in which SAFRINET finds itself has changed. We started with substantial core funding that was associated with many capacity development projects. This was our period of greatest productivity. All these initial activities came to an end several years ago.
Tue 24 Jan 12
The Beyonce fly: Researchers name insect with golden behind after singer
Australian researchers have named a rare horse fly after Beyonce in honour of its impressive golden behind. The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly, found in far north Queensland and widely considered a pest, has been named in recognition of the unusual gold patch on its abdomen. The fly was first collected in 1981 – the year of the singer's birth. Bryan Lessard from Australia's science agency, CSIRO, said the insect's behind made it the "all-time diva of flies". More...Source:The Telegraph