Fungi and other soil microbes are critical to the health of soil and our food systems yet ‘conservation biodiversity’ often overlooks them for more charismatic wildlife.  Fungi by Alan Hern | Flickr | CC BY 2.0

The Futile War between Conservationists and Farmers: Conservation and Production Biodiversity

Beattie, Andrew

Recent high profile conservation articles blame the loss of biodiversity on agriculture (e.g.: Biodiversity: The ravages of […]

Heyfield Fire 18-20th Jan 2013 in Victoria, Australia by Sascha Grant Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Australian Bushfires Signal New Climate Dangers

Beattie, Andrew, Ehrlich, Paul R., Turnbull, Christine

The recent bushfires in Western Australia were much more than “bush” fires as they raged through mature […]

NessieNoodle | Flickr | CC BY-SA

Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science

Beattie, Andrew, Calver, Mike

 Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – William Bruce […]

Rifle fish (Archer fish), totemic animal of Rifle Fish Clan  
Photo by Paul Ehrlich and Chris Turnbull

Quinkan Art: Preserving the Deep Past

Beattie, Andrew, Ehrlich, Anne H., Ehrlich, Paul R., Turnbull, Christine

Humanity does not have a good record when it comes to caring for signs of its past accomplishments. Napoleon’s gunners famously […]

Male leaving the nest hole in the termite mound after feeding a chick, which can be seen  in the entrance to the cavity, which is deep enough for the young to retreat far inside | Photo by Paul R. Ehrlich

Another Aussie Parrot at Risk

Beattie, Andrew, Ehrlich, Anne H., Ehrlich, Paul R., Turnbull, Christine

In a previous post to the MAHB Blog the story of the endangered orange-bellied parrot of Tasmania […]

Photo by Michał Ochman via Flickr (, CC BY-NC-SA

The next generation of antibiotics might be right under our feet

Beattie, Andrew

The discovery of a new antibiotic called teixobactin was announced by international team of researchers, in January […]

Photo by Pat Dumas via Flickr ( |CC BY-NC-SA

Don’t overlook what’s underfoot – save the bugs and germs

Beattie, Andrew

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species […]

Harvest Time by Cryon via Flickr ( | CC BY

The supply chain in farming – do we count all the assets?

Beattie, Andrew

Most people understand the idea of a supply chain so that, for example, to make a car […]

Graphic by J. Alves 

What Have Germs Ever Done for Us?

Beattie, Andrew

Substituting ‘germs’ for ‘Romans’ the famous question from Monty Python “What have the Romans ever done for […]

angry summer

The Angry Summer: The Politics of Climate Change in Australia

Beattie, Andrew

In February 2011 the Labour Federal Government of Australia, led by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, established […]