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Strengthening Australia’s biosecurity

June 16, 2015
Barnaby Joyce

The biggest overhaul to Australia’s biosecurity system in over a century is one step closer to reality with Royal Assent being given to the Biosecurity Act 2015. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Biosecurity Act 2015 replaces the Quarantine Act 1908, paving the way for modern and flexible support for Australia’s biosecurity system. Read More »

Royal Brinkman now in Australia!

June 15, 2015

From 1 July 2015, Royal Brinkman will open a branch in Australia. The opening of the 13th foreign Royal Brinkman branch matches the Royal Brinkman’s general international policy ‘Think Global, Act Local’. For more than 25 years, Royal Brinkman have been active on the Australian horticultural market and the last four years with partners Roskam Young Plants (horticultural products) and Faber Greenhouses (turnkey projects). To be able to provide optimal and local service, Royal Brinkman decided to open a branch in the Melbourne area under the name Brinkman Australia Pty Ltd with Job Roskam as general manager.

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Consumers and community to have say on country of origin food labelling

June 9, 2015

All Australians can have their say on what they want in clearer country of origin food labelling in an online survey that will help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system. Read More »

New automatic pollination system

June 3, 2015

For pollination in greenhouses and for growing tomatoes in particular bumblebees are often used. This very natural and simple way of pollination provides very good results. Unfortunately, the use of bumblebees for pollination is not possible or allowed everywhere. Now, Netherlands-based company Metazet / FormFlex, a global market leader in a range of cultivation and support materials for modern glasshouse horticulture, has a solution to labour-intensive manual pollination. Read More »

Australian Berry Industry Snapshot

June 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

Berry production promises to be the next big thing in the Australian commercial hydroponics and greenhouse industry, driven by new varietal developments, better growing systems, and consumer demand for safe foods that deliver health benefits. Over a relatively short time, the industry has expanded from the cooler regions of southern Australia to the sub-tropical regions of NSW and Queensland, and soon to tropical Far North Queensland. Read More »

How is a blend valve used in recirculation?

June 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

I attended one of the recirculation workshops in which you were a co-presenter. I am finally thinking of taking the plunge with my cocopeat system, but I am confused about the use of a blend valve in controlling the recirculation volumes.

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Autumn Woes: Root Rots

June 1, 2015
Root damage due to disease interferes with nutrient uptake, resulting in nutrient deficiency symptoms.

In New Zealand, Pythium and Phytophthora are waterborne plant pathogens that can be devastating in the hydroponics, seedling and nursery industries when drought-breaking rains arrive, usually in the autumn. Industry consultant JOHN WHITE describes his professional experience and highlights his preferred water disinfection method. Read More »