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Protected Cropping in the Tropics

Good fruit set of small canary melons grown under protective cropping in North Queensland. These fruits did not detach from the peduncle when they reached maturity.

Good fruit set of small canary melons grown under protective cropping in North Queensland. These fruits did not detach from the peduncle when they reached maturity.

Historically, growers in tropical Australia have been slow to embrace protected cropping techniques, mainly because temperatures and light levels are suitable for open field fruit and vegetable production. Many growers associate protected cropping to costly high-tech glasshouses with full environmental control, but that is not necessarily the case. In this article, Queensland researchers demonstrate a new way of thinking about protected cropping in the tropics. By STEVEN CARRUTHERS See More

Farming the Future

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs basil crop.

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs basil crop.

With growing concerns around the long-term sustainability of traditional farming processes and methodology, one Australian ‘agripreneur’ has introduced a new technology and environmentally friendly platform that is making food cultivation more accessible, attractive and efficient for urban communities.

By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL See More

LED Evaluation for Gerbera Production

Trial setup of the crops, the irrigation system and the lighting systems over each bench in the greenhouse.

Trial setup of the crops, the irrigation system and the lighting systems over each bench in the greenhouse.

LED lighting technology has seen remarkable growth in the horticulture industry since the development of high-brightness blue LEDs. This article reviews the latest research, the first study of its kind to investigate LED technology as supplemental assimilation lighting for the production of cut flowers. By STEVEN CARRUTHERS See More

Fish Feed From Vegetable Waste

Adult Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens).

Adult Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens).

Australian consumers love fish and seafood with consumption doubling over the last 10 years, and expected to continue to grow. However, most aquaculture species are fed, at least in part, on fishmeal made from wild caught fish, which is not only unsustainable, but also a major factor limiting increased production. Meal made from insect larvae has been proposed as an alternative. Insects are high in protein and fat, can be reared on waste products and are part of the natural diet of some farmed fish species. This article reviews an Australian study that examines the potential use of vegetable wastes to grow insect larvae, which can then be used in aquaculture and aquaponic feeds.

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Blooming in the City

Cityblooms pilot project in 2001 involved many engineering/logistical challenges.

Cityblooms pilot project in 2001 involved many engineering/logistical challenges.

In the US, one company has teamed with a leading tech firm to develop innovative micro-farm modules to grow fresh produce in the heart of the city.

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The Right Media

Tomato grower using Perlite pot system.

Tomato grower using Perlite pot system.

When it comes to choosing the right hydroponic growing media, there are many factors to consider that are directly related to its physical characteristics.

By Christine Brown-Paul See More

Wageningen leading the way

 

Wageningen University

Wageningen University

Wageningen UR University in The Netherlands provides access to cutting edge greenhouse technology worldwide. Story by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL See More

Innovation Under Glass

The new greenhouse is based on a greenhouse at the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands, with the ability to control carbon dioxide, light, temperature and greenhouse coverings.

The new greenhouse is based on a greenhouse at the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands, with the ability to control carbon dioxide, light, temperature and greenhouse coverings.

With cutting edge design and unique features, a new, world-class greenhouse facility to be built at the University of Western Sydney will focus on research and development that is set to advance Australian horticulture.

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The Perfect Bloom

Despite numerous financial and other challenges, one Queensland hydroponic rose grower is growing ‘perfect’ red roses in a state-of-the-art greenhouse environment.

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Emerging Hydroponics Industry

IMG_3066_webA new international research report provides a competitive assessment of the hydroponic food production market and the forces shaping it, the technologies and skill sets involved, and some key players and their prospects. It also covers important issues and trends affecting agriculture and food security that make hydroponics a viable and growing market.

Report by Mauricio Mathias, MSc. See More

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