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SULPHUR: deficiency & toxicity

March 31, 2017
Sulphur deficiency in tomato leaves

Plant deficiencies or excesses of mineral elements show in a number of ways: in colour, density, size and shape of leaves; in the thickness and colour of stems and the length of internodes; in the colour, fibrousness and thickness of roots; in the abundance and timing of flowers; and in the size, colour, hardness and flavour of fruit. Recognising those particular effects is the key to diagnosing nutritional disorders. 


Queensland growers need support to get back on their feet

March 31, 2017

Growers hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie need the full support of Australians to get back on their feet as they face huge recovery costs in the wake of the storm, according to leading industry bodies AUSVEG and Growcom. Read More »

Imported food reform

March 20, 2017

The Coalition Government is strengthening its borders to place tighter controls on imported food, to better protect Australians from food safety and health risks. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said comprehensive changes would be introduced to give Australian consumers greater assurance at the supermarket that imported food is safe, without burdening local importers with unnecessary red tape. Read More »

What do eggshells, tomato peels and rubber have in common?

March 10, 2017
Rubber filler research

Tomorrow’s tyres could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber. Read More »

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 »