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Empowering Australia’s food industry

March 8, 2017
Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO has announced that the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will be funded with $50m over 10 years through the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres’ program. Read More »

Proper storage best way to keep vegies fresher for longer

March 8, 2017

Consumers’ convenience kick is affecting how shoppers perceive vegetable freshness, but proper storage still remains the best way to keep vegetables fresher for longer, according to leading vegetable industry body AUSVEG. New consumer research, undertaken as part of the Project Harvest tracking study commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, suggests that the package formats developed for convenience and ease of use are also the formats which consumers expect to have the lowest shelf-life. Read More »

2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture

March 8, 2017

The 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA 2017) will take place in the Republic of Panama, at the Hotel El Panama, between 17 -19 May 2017. The Congress offers an opportunity to learn from the most innovative minds in the industry. Speakers will focus on the skills and knowledge needed to finance, design and operate a successful and innovative farm operation, albeit an indoor vertical farm, greenhouses or a combination of a protected and controlled environment. Read More »

Farmers plant paddocks in smart houses to safeguard against climate change

March 4, 2017

Farmers are predicting a Canadian super house will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on a scale and at a cost they have never had before.  The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops from volatile and destructive weather, or open them up to sun and rain. Read More »

Perfect tomatoes at the tap of a phone

March 4, 2017

The Weekly Times reports an investment in digital technology is paying dividends for a hydroponic vegetable grower. James and Angela Moran, who own Lonsdale Tomato Farm on the Bellarine Peninsula, invested $30,000 in sensor technology linked to computer programs and mobile phones.

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Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus detected in Bundaberg

March 3, 2017

Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed a case of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) in a commercially-grown greenhouse cucumber crop in Bundaberg. Queensland Chief Plant Health Manager Mike Ashton said Biosecurity Queensland had completed diagnostic testing of samples collected by its officers to confirm the presence of CGMMV at a Bundaberg business. Read More »

Learning from the past

February 28, 2017
PH&G Managing Editor

Welcome to this issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. Our lead story for this issue, Aquaponics in China traces the resurgence in popularity of aquaponics in that country – from the time when 6th century Chinese farmers reared ducks in cages with partially open floors positioned above a pond of finfish to the present day when a revolution in food security and sustainability is underway; one that is seeing growing numbers of Chinese middle-class consumers, concerned by food safety scares, turning to growing their own food via urban farming. Read More »