Ecos

A bimonthly scholarly journal that publishes research and issues of sustainability in the environment, industry and community. Focused on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Articles from No. 92, Winter

By George
The shutter of my CSIRO Hassel-blad opened with the expensive thud of a Volvo door closing. The sound disturbed the able seaman guiding onto the RV Franklin a measuring device retrieved from deep in the Southern Ocean, one kilometre below. But...
Copy Cats
News of a major biological breakthrough hit the media earlier this year in the form of Dolly the sheep. Dolly is a case of `immaculate conception'. No act of matting occurred to produce her, and her real parents were dead before she was born. She...
Dry Times Linked to Mammal Extinctions
Nearly 20 of Australia's mammal species have gone extinct in the past 200 years, and many others have experienced a substantial loss of range. Efforts to understand this loss traditionally have focused on human activities, such as the introduction...
Fishing for Clues; Can We Help the Marlin Slip the Hook?
Black marlin are charismatic creatures. They grow to four metres and 600 kilograms and are thought to reach speeds of 100 kilometres an hour. Individual marlin have journeyed from Australia to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. It's easy to...
Into the Black
Flying through space, hundreds of kilometres above us, is an eight-metre, golden `fish-net', spread wide to collect its catch. But its haul will not be Pisces, the heavenly fish, or Cancer, the celestial crab: it will be black holes in the hearts...
Learning Little Things about Extinction
Wog Wog Mountain sits calm, dark and shrouded in cloud, overlooking a battlefield. We're in that most famous of forests in southeast New South Wales, Coolangubra, which has seen so many skirmishes between conservationists and loggers in recent years....
Microalgae: Nutrition by the Billion
When juvenile oysters at CSIRO Marines Research were fed cultures of the microalga Pavlova pinguis, their growth rate doubled. Such are the nutritional qualities of microalgae, the tiny marine organisms from which all land plants evolved. This...
]Riffith Gets Growing
How many people does it take to grow 1000 tonnes of cereal grain and hay? On a patch of red brown earth at Tharbogang, five kilometres west of Griffith, the answer to this question is ill the making. The 16 hectare pilot trial area is being laser...
Water Points; Where Pastoralism and Biodiversity Meet
Artificial water points now exist at high densities over much of the rangelands. In most pastoral areas there is at least one water source within 10 km of most places and in many areas there are more. Only the desert regions (Simpson, Tanami, Gibson,...