With World Water Day falling in March, we shine a spotlight on this precious resource and the life it supports.
From waterbirds of Northern Australia to approaches to water management for healthy and productive ecosystems, this issue shows how our freshwater systems and their linkages to the ocean are crucial for future wellbeing and survival.
Food production is inextricably linked to water.
Despite recent flood conditions across eastern Australia, rainfall averages are predicted to decline in the years ahead. Adapting to drier growing conditions, researchers are turning to genetics to future-proof wheat, finding varietals that can grow deep and tap into subsurface water.
Science innovation may also help Australia become a global leader in protein supply, by expanding our protein products and markets and developing new proteins.
And in case you missed it, here's another chance to check out our special ECOS edition dedicated to our mission to end plastic waste.