Dookie Diary: Bush reserve an unsung resource

In the latest Dookie Diary, Professor in Residence Timothy Reeves discusses the Dookie agricultural campus’ 270-hectare bush reserve, the latest Dookie careers event and research to protect Australian lentils from disease.

“The bush reserve on our commercial farm here at the campus is an amazing, but perhaps undervalued, resource,” Professor Reeves writes.

“There are about 166 native plant species in there and 111 native bird species, seven of which are classified as endangered.”

The Reserve is also a central collection point for the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank, also located on campus. You can read about the Reserve and the range of plant and animal species it is host to on the Dookie campus website.

The Dookie Diary column provides a monthly update in the local Country News supplement, distributed with newspapers in the Goulburn Valley and Southern Riverina regions.

This month, Professor Reeves also discusses research to transfer disease resistance from wild lentils into commercial varieties by PhD researcher Hari Dadu and responses from the 300 students who attended the Dookie campus Food and Fibre Careers Day run by the University and nearby Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs), the City of Greater Shepparton and other local educators.

Read more on the Country News website.

Banner image: The Dookie Bushland Reserve. Photo: Peter Casamento.