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Cane Toad Challenge

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Millen Farm at the Samford Commons

2204 Mount Samson Road

Samford Valley, QLD 4520

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As a Millen Farm volunteer or a member of the Samford Local Food Growers group, you are invited to a presentation by Professor Rob Capon.

Date: Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

Time: 10.00 am – 11.00am (prior to the Samford Local Food Growers December feast, hosted by Millen Farm, including Millen Farm volunteers)

Place: The Blue Building at Samford Commons, 2204 Mount Samson Road

Cost: Free – ticket holders only

Extra note: The Blue Building has an adjoining space suitable for children to play quietly

Background information

Earlier this year Millen Farm was accepted as an affiliate to the Cane Toad Challenge, a research project working on the invasion of cane toads.

We, Millen Farm, believed this affiliation would enable us to increase our understanding that healthy fauna and flora are integral in a healthy environment for organic growing, and cane toads are having an increasingly negative impact on our native species. Furthermore, as Millen Farm becomes established we can reach out to the broader community in Samford e.g. cane toads are a pest for all landholders, and if we become involved in distributing the baited traps, then we have the chance to link to locals who may not otherwise connect with the farm.

Native Plants Queensland has already scheduled the presentation by Rob Capon on the 3rd October, but if you didn’t get a chance to attend, here is a second opportunity! Millen Farm and Native Plants Queensland are already talking to see how to develop a collaboration between Millen Farm / Native plants Queensland / Eco Corridor.

The Presentation

The presentation provides a brief account of the discovery, development and science behind an innovative cane toad tadpole trapping technology that uses a natural toad pheromone to lure toad tadpoles into a trap. It also provides an account of the Cane Toad Challenge, a community engagement and citizen science initiative dedicated to making this technology freely available to the public, as well as volunteer and community groups, businesses, and local, state and federal government agencies.

Introducing Professor Rob Capon

Rob Capon is a Professorial Research Fellow and Group Leader at the University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience. An organic chemist, Rob leads a multidisciplinary research team that specializes in the study of chemicals found in Nature. The aim of this research is to detect, isolate and identify valuable chemicals, to understand how and why they are made, to better understand of their influence on living systems, to inspire solutions for important scientific and societal challenges. Key challenges include new pharmaceutics for infectious and neurodegenerative diseases, pain and cancer, new agrochemicals to treat livestock and crop infections, and new natural solutions for pest control and environmental protection.

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