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Tomato Festival Sydney

January 14, 2015
A medley of colourful heirloom tomatoes.

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, will bring passions alive over the Valentine’s weekend as they pay homage to the ‘love apple’ with the return of the award winning Tomato Festival Sydney on 14 and 15 February 2015. Read More »

Worldwide interest in online lectures

January 14, 2015

Wageningen University is giving its first online courses this month and they are attracting interest from all over the world. Almost 40,000 people from 196 countries have registered for the first of what are known as MOOCs (‘massive online open courses’). Read More »

International CEA Congress

January 14, 2015
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If you are involved in urban agriculture, indoor food production, vertical farming, greenhouse production or hydroponic farming, you need to plan on visiting the International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture 2015 (ICCEA 2015), to be held at the Sheraton Hotel (ATLAPA Convention Center) in Panama City from 20-22 May 2015. Read More »

LED Symposium

January 13, 2015
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A symposium on LED lighting will be held at the University Of Arizona, Tucson (AZ), on 19-20 February 2015. The symposium is organised by the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) in conjunction with the USDA SCRI (Specialty Crop Research Initiative) LED project members from Purdue University, University of Arizona, Michigan State University, Rutgers University and industry partner Orbitec. The symposium will provide SCRI LED project members and other nationally recognised research groups the opportunity to bring the latest information, understanding, and assessments of the use of LEDs in horticulture through oral presentations. Read More »

Protective cropping and Queensland melons

January 9, 2015
Good fruit set of small canary melons grown under protective cropping in North Queensland. These fruits did not detach from the peduncle when they reached maturity.

Researchers are exploring the benefits of using protective cropping systems for high-value melons to be grown in North Queensland. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) horticulturist and project leader, Dr Elio Jovicich, said protective cropping could be the key to opening up diversity in Australia’s melon market. Read More »

Mexican Congress Postponed

January 7, 2015

The Mexican Hydroponic Association has postponed the 9th International Congress Course and Hydroponics, initially scheduled for 12-14 March 2015. Organisers are concerned about recent events in  Mexico and the safety of delegates.

“We have had the Congress for almost 20 years, and this is the first time the problems in the country has affected our work,” said Samperio Ruiz, President of the Mexican Hydroponic Society.

“I would not want the speakers and participants to suffer any inconvenience,” she said.

For further information and Congress updates, go to website: http://hidroponia.org.mx/en/congress-2013/congress-2015/invitation-2015-international-course-congress-hydroponics/ Read More »

Is algae a problem in hydroponic systems?

January 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

Should I be concerned about algae in my hydroponic growing system?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »