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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

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 »

How do plants take up nutrients?

February 28, 2017
Columnist Rick Donnan

From an indian grower:

Please refer your answer to the reader’s question in the February 2017 PH&G issue.

You have mentioned that in osmosis only water moves from lower concentration to higher concentration and salts do not get through the membrane. If this is so, then how do nutrients reach plants? I am a grower and a regular reader of your magazine. Thanks a lot. Read More »

2017 Hemp Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium

February 28, 2017

After making headline news across the country last year when thousands of Sydneysiders descended upon Rosehill Gardens seeking information and awareness around all the crucial benefits the Hemp plant offers now and into the future, Australia’s largest experiential cannabis event, the Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium is back for 2017! Read More »

Let the sun shine in

February 28, 2017
Energy harvesting glass

A world-first invention in clear, energy harvesting glass has been developed by western Australian scientists. It is expected that if it used in greenhouses it could produce crops in any climate or season. Greenhouses powered by nanotechnology developed in WA could turn the driest of deserts into productive agricultural land thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Government’s  Cooperative Research Centre. Read More »

Improving access to safe and effective agvet chemicals

February 23, 2017

Grants worth close to $2.5 million have been announced by the Australian Coalition Government to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. The 51 grants will address many priority uses, including for citrus fruit, game birds, dairy cattle, tropical and sub-tropical fruits. The grants are part of the Government’s four-year $8 million investment to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. Read More »

It’s CoOL to get on board early

February 15, 2017
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker

Canberra’s Pialligo Estate is among the first crop of businesses rolling out new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on their food products, getting in early to give consumers a clear view of where their food comes from.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, who was joined today by Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja at Pialligo Estate, said he wanted more businesses to follow their lead, with 16 months left before the new labels are mandatory. Read More »