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City living under the microscope

February 2, 2017

A new CSIRO research initiative launched today will lead the way for the transformation of liveable urban spaces and sustainable cities of the future. In partnership with property developers Celestino, CSIRO has established its first operational Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park in western Sydney – a place where researchers, industry, government and communities can get together and create, design and test innovative urban development concepts, moving beyond the lab into the real world. Read More »

Australia supporting food safety in Bangladesh

February 1, 2017
Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today met with the Bangladesh Minister of Food, Md Qamrul Islam, to provide a valuable insight into Australia’s world-class process for food standard setting. Minister Hartsuyker said Bangladesh is currently establishing its national food safety system and is seeking to learn from the cutting edge science and risk assessment processes that underpin our national food standards. Read More »

Vegetable industry export strategy released

January 31, 2017

The Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020, delivered by Hort Innovation and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, has now been released. The strategy outlines a range of methods to help more growers and the wider industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets, with the ultimate goal of increasing the value of vegetable exports to $315 million by 2020 – a net increase of 40 per cent on the industry’s current export levels. Read More »

Seeding the future

January 31, 2017
Christine Brown-Paul

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 9.6 billion people and sustainably growing enough food for a hungry world will be one of the greatest challenges facing humankind.  A recurring theme in a number of our stories for this issue is the question of what measures need to be taken to feed this growing global population and what will be the challenges along the way. Read More »

Why are my tomatoes and capsicum turning black?

January 31, 2017
Australian Chemical Engineer, Rick Donnan specialises in hydroponic nutrient management

I have a small greenhouse in which I grow 12 tomato and six capsicum (sweet pepper) plants. They are growing in bags of dripper fed coco peat. I use a standard “bloom” liquid fertiliser at the recommended strength (4 ml each of A and B per litre water). The older fruit of both the tomato and capsicum have turned black on the bottom. The tomato plants generally look OK, but the capsicum plants are looking poorly.

Can you suggest what is wrong and what I can do to fix the problem?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »


January 31, 2017
Banksia 202020 Vision

A collaborative project that is working to make Australia’s urban areas 20 per cent greener has just taken out a prestigious award for its sustainability initiatives.


Start the working year injury free, urges SafeWork

January 30, 2017
SafeWork NSW

With the school holidays coming to an end and the State’s workers returning from holidays, SafeWork NSW is encouraging businesses to make it a safe start to the year. Thousands of young workers have also entered the State’s workplaces for the first time, making the need to focus on safety even greater. Read More »