‘Chicken from hell’, cartwheeling spider among top 10 new species of animals for 2015 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that creates “crop circles” on the sea floor are among the species identified by the State University of New York’s (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) top 10 new species for 2015.

Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known. But an estimated 10 million species are still unknown to science.

via ‘Chicken from hell’, cartwheeling spider among top 10 new species of animals for 2015 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Canola genome paves the way for better crops › News in Science ABC Science

The canola plant is set for an overhaul to boost its oil content, make it more disease-resistant, and help it adapt to climate change, thanks to the sequencing of its genome.An international team of scientists report the sequencing of the Brassica napus genome today in Science .Brassica napus — also known as canola or oilseed rape — is an essential food crop, providing canola oil for cooking and biofuel, and seed meal for animal fodder.

via Canola genome paves the way for better crops › News in Science ABC Science.

Bees give broadacre crops a buzz – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Researchers at the CSIRO have shown that introducing honey bees to broadacre crops can significantly increase yields.

The study showed that managed bees placed in faba bean crops increased yields by around 17 per cent.

Dr Saul Cunningham, from the CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship program, says it would also be cost effective to apply hived bees to other crops such as lentils and canola.

via Bees give broadacre crops a buzz – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).