South African scientists on pandemic’s frontline (Financial Times. London, 15th February 2021).

Decision to halt AstraZeneca roll-out highlights vital role played by country’s experts. Scientists are concerned the South Africa coronavirus strain could be far more widespread in the UK than test results show, threatening plans to start lifting lockdown once vaccines have been deployed. South Africa’s pause of its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in response […]

Moth Borer Complex on Macadamia

Schalk Schoeman – SAMAC The economic importance of the moth complex is often vastly underestimated as growers often tend to only take notice of the direct kernel damage reported by various kernel processing facilities. Typically, this type of damage seldom exceeds 5% which is accepted as a general action threshold in lieu of a more […]

Loading soil with biochar allows farmers to cut way back on irrigation. By Emma Bryce, for Anthropocene Magazine, October 23, 2020

DAILY SCIENCE Loading soil with biochar allows farmers to cut way back on irrigationAt high applications levels, researchers found that biochar can not only soak up a lot of carbon, but also reduce the need for irrigation by almost 40%. Biochar – the charcoal product used to enrich agricultural soil and trap carbon—may have a […]


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