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QASE research recognised

Ecological research carried out by QASE members Dr Grant Hamilton and Nadine Nolan has been recognised by the ABC in a story highlighting the potential dangers of the invasive fungal disease, Myrtle Rust. Research is ongoing and more updates will appear shortly. See the story below for more details or click here for full story…

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Queensland farmers have new tool for tackling weeds

Queensland has its fair share of hard to manage invasive weeds, yet farmers and managers are now using an unmanned helicopter named ‘Sid Vicious’ in an attempt to cut back on labour costs and kill hard to manage weeds such as groundsel bush. Read here for more…

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Pressure on Australia's biosecurity system leads to calls for reform

Over the past decade, plant bio-security research funding and management in Australia has been undertaken by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) but this structure is set to expire in 2018. If it’s not replaced, high impact and critical research, development and extension projects could cease, and Australia’s grain…

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Society for Conservation Biology Oceania 2016 abstract acceptance

Dr Grant Hamilton and Dr Peter Baxter from the Hamilton Ecology Lab have been accepted to present their abstract and give an oral presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania meeting in Brisbane July 2016. the abstract is titled “Detecting threatened and threatening species using unmanned aerial surveillance”. This is…

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Hamilton Lab memebers' papers accepted!

Dr Grant Hamilton and Dr Peter Baxter, along with collaborator Dr Stephen Parnell in Salford University UK, have had two peer-reviewed papers accepted for the MODSIM (21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation) conference which takes place on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Nov-Dec 2015. The papers, titled “Fine tuning of unmanned…

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UAS now being used to study marine mammals

For the first time, scientist have used unmanned aerial systems to study killer whales from above. A recent articles published in Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems explains how scientists integrated and configured their hexacopter, fine tuning it for precise measurements of families of killer whales captured from above. Read the full…

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Unmanned Aerial Systems continue to prove valuable for farmers

Farmers continue to see the value of using unmanned aerial systems for monitoring and surveillance processes that have traditionally required several people to undertake. A recent UAS workshop in Cordova, Maryland has seen a large agricultural contingency quickly identify several applications for these systems. More here

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Myrtle Rust detected in Tasmania

Earlier this year, Myrtle Rust caused by the fungal species Puccinia psidii s.l., was detected in Tasmania, Australia. Myrtle Rust is currently being studied in south east Queensland by Hamilton Ecology Lab’s very own Nadine Nolan and this could have important implications for her work. More here

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Detection of Laurel Wilt Disease in Avocado Using Low Altitude Aerial Imaging

The laurel wilt pathogen is threatening Avocado crops of Florida, US, which provide a $100 million-a-year economic impact to the state, but new camera images can give growers a jump-start on the disease. A recent study has shown the effectiveness of a low cost camera in succesfully detecting and discriminating between healthy and laurel…

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Queensland agriculture continues biosecurity battle as Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus detected on north Queensland farm

A plant virus that wiped out the majority of the Northern Territory’s melon industry, has been found on a watermelon farm in north Queensland. It was initially thought the disease was contained to the Northern Territory however the recent detection of CGGMV on a north Queensland farm has important implications in regards to the spatial…