World First Breakthrough Involving ‘IVF’ for Coral Reefs and More Zedlines...

Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has recently been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in order to release coral larvae in the Philippines, and reestablish a breeding population. (Image source: Wikimedia)

It is essentially a form of ‘coral IVF’.

When Coral spawn in its natural environment, factors such as currents, winds and waves make clouds of eggs and sperm float in every direction, causing larvae to drift from reefs and die.

This IVF process takes out the uncertainty of the elements, and could one day become the answer to mass coral bleaching in places such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Chemical-Free Produce Store Reviving Region

A new produce store in Kandanga offering chemical-free goods may be the lifeline needed for the Mary Valley region.

The community is still feeling the effects of the failed Traveston Dam proposal 10 years ago, when the Queensland Government bought out much of the land and many left the area.

The Kandanga Farm Store owners, Tim and Amber Scott, are showing their commitment to the town through their store and organic farm.

The couple, who do not believe in chemical use in agriculture, are growing organic vegetables as a mainstay of their business, when other rural stores would normally survive on chemical sales.

Honey Production Decreasing Due to Dry Winter

This year’s dry winter has not been so great for Queensland beekeepers or their bees, as it has been the cause of decreased honey production.

In the north, much of the pollen and nectar in plants was blown away by Cyclone Debbie, and very little was left for the bees to produce honey.

Commercial honey producer in Mackay, Paul Marsh, said “all the beekeepers in the area thought it would have been a good year with all the rain that we had, but a lot of the trees were cleaned out with the leaves and buds”.

Mr Marsh produced no honey at all this season due to the weather conditions, and said he was lucky to have a stockpile from last season to keep his income.

WA the Latest State to Introduce Plastic Bag Ban

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has announced the ban of single use plastic bags from July 1 2018.

Following South Australia, Tasmania, The Northern Territory, Queensland, and the ACT, Premier says WA will do the same because “it’s good for the environment.”

Stephen Dawson, Environment Minister, said the process will be rolled out within the next nine months.

Egypt Cuts Military Ties with North Korea

Egypt’s defence minister, Sedki Sobhy, has announced the cutting of his country’s ties with North Korea while on a visit to neighbouring South Korea.

The announcement has come after a great deal of international pressure on Egypt to dissociate from the rogue nation.

Much of the international pressure is believed to have come from the White House, after conversations between the United States and Egyptian leaders focussed on the need to isolate North Korea.

Pepper Plants a Money Tree in one Indian State

In the Indian state of Karnataka, farmers’ income from growing pepper has tripled over the past few years.

Leading the charge is a local man and retired doctor, Madhugiri Narayana Rao Venugopal.

Doctor Venugopal has spent his retirement years studying farms all around his state, and identifying farming clusters which could maximise yield.

But why pepper? Doctor Venugopal said it is because pepper production was stagnant, and all farmers needed was guidance and adequate planting material to make the most of this “king of spices."