Philip Davies - crown rot researcher

Philip Davies - crown rot researcher

Wheat varieties with improved resistance and tolerance to the devastating crown rot disease are edging closer to commercial reality following significant industry investment in pre-breeding research. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has been investing in pre-breeding programs at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) at Narrabri for more than five years,…

Sweet cherries could alleviate obesity-related inflammation

Sweet cherries could alleviate obesity-related inflammation

Clinical trials to investigate the anti-inflammatory capacity of sweet cherries, in a bid to prevent and treat obesity-related inflammation, are due to start in 2016. Melanie Blackhall, from the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Health, is collaborating with industry partners Reid Fruits and Essential Oils Tasmania to determine whether cherries offer anti-inflammatory health benefits. “Anecdotal…

Superfoods extra insurance for consumers

Superfoods extra insurance for consumers

Australian consumers are skeptical about new superfoods as they enter the market but still consume them for a bit of “extra insurance” for their health, according to research at the University of Adelaide. For her PhD studies, Jessica Loyer from the University’s Food Values Research Group has conducted the first research of its kind looking…

Floodwaters turn cars into death traps

Floodwaters turn cars into death traps

Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered just how easily cars can be washed away by even the smallest currents – making the crossing of floodwaters a dangerous and potentially life-threatening decision. A team at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory has been testing how small and large cars behave when they…