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Water efficiency, food security and environmental sustainability will be the focus of a new joint research centre between Australia and China, officially launched in Beijing today.

A team of Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) researchers based at the University of Melbourne have developed a novel method of capturing carbon dioxide that will reduce the cost of separating and storing the gas.

By using decades of vineyard records, scientists have for the first time been able to attribute early ripening of wine grapes to climate warming and declines in soil water content. The study reveals that management factors have also influenced the shift, offering hope for growers to develop adaptation strategies.