Only 100 adult Wollemi pines survive in the wild in a secret canyon near Sydney.
When they were found in 1994, these unusual pines were new to science and captured the public’s imagination. The pines had a lineage that went back 60 million years to the time of the dinosaurs.
Now a new survey by Australian research scientists Dr Heidi Zimmer and Dr Cathy Offord has unearthed a passionate worldwide community of gardeners exchanging tips on how to grow and propagate the pines.
The trees were cloned by scientists and grown for sale from 2005 to help preserve the species via cultivation.
Bees are important to crop production in the United States.
Bee vectoring technology (BVT) uses commercially reared bees to deliver targeted crop controls through pollination and replacing chemical pesticides with an environmentally safe crop protection system.
The scientifically designed bumblebee hive allows bees to pick up a small amount of pest control powders on their legs that they disperse when they travel within the field.
This innovation improves sustainable farming, crop yield, and soil quality. BVT’s solution works on farms of all sizes
Sydney-based AgTech startup LLEAF (luminescent light emitting agricultural film) has opened
its first solar laboratory in Mona Vale.
LLEAF specialises in
the development of light spectrum shifting dyes to create colour
conversion films. The films are used in greenhouses, and effectively
behave as an additional light to help plants produce cellular energy.
The technology allows crops to be grown in challenging environments, and improves yields by up to 20 per cent. The facility includes isolated chambers with high temperature plasma lamps enabling the testing of real-world conditions and to deliver forecasts to yields for customers.https://www.innovationaus.com/sun-shifting-startup-lleaf-opens-vast-new-sydney-laboratory/