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Cultivation in hot climates

A major challenge faced by glasshouse vegetable growers in warmer climates, is dealing with the hot conditions, during the day and at night. High temperatures and radiation can create problems. So, the question becomes: what can be done to prevent these conditions from creating excessive stress on the crop? By Phil Johnson
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To market, to market

After 10 years of political wrangling amid various stakeholders together with a relocation budget blowout, the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market has moved premises to its new site in Epping, Victoria. Around 3,000 small businesses are involved in the markets, including 600 growers. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL
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Sustainable energy

Carbon dioxide options for commercial greenhouses The changing landscape of fossil fuels presents increasing business risks for Australian domestic industrial and commercial energy consumers. Rising costs and uncertain supply of natural gas (1) and the existing high price of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) represent a significant portion of this risk. Adding complexity to this changing...
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Ultrafiltration cleans up for hydroponic cucumbers

All water used in a greenhouse and hydroponic system should be disinfected before use, and there is an extensive range of disinfection methods that could be used to treat water. In this article, the author gives a benefit cost assessment of ultrafiltration as a treatment option for water disinfection, a Horticulture Innovation Australia project...
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Shedding Light on Brella Fields Produce

Fruit and vegetable growers face an ongoing battle with Mother Nature. Pest and disease pressure, climatic conditions and storm damage can make life difficult, especially for outdoor growers. This was clearly demonstrated at the opening event of the multimillion dollar Cravo retractable roof greenhouse facility near Bundaberg. The night before the event a storm...
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Harnessing the power of biomass

In Tasmania, one grower is turning to Gasification Technology to power his farm’s greenhouses and reduce costs. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL
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Getting smarter

By 2020, the value of the worldwide smart greenhouse market is expected to reach more than USD 1.2 billion, as increasingly, greenhouse growers turn to new advances in technology for better and faster crop yields. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL
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HYDROPONICS: Great potential, but with challenges

In Europe, substrate culture and hydroponics are regarded as separate growing techniques, where substrate-less culture is known as hydroponics. In this article, the author examines the business case for developing new hydroponic systems that increase crop yields, and he highlights the bottlenecks and challenges for large-scale system developers. By TYCHO VERMEULEN
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From Soil to Substrate. . .

The development of the berry industry in Australia Raspberry and blackberry production under protected cropping in Australia is set to expand. The forecast growth will come from new higher yielding varieties, year-round production, and increasing consumer demand for fresh, healthy, convenient and tasty berries. By JONATHAN ECCLES
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Flowers for bees

One of Melbourne’s largest florists is behind a movement to encourage more people to grow bee-friendly plants and flowers in their home gardens while at the same time reducing the use of pesticides. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL
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