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New $3.3 million greenhouse facility for University of Western Sydney

July 10, 2014

A new state of the art greenhouse facility will be built at the University of Western Sydney, focusing on research and development, in the horticulture industry.

Horticulture Australia research and development general manager David Moore told ABC Rural he hopes the Hawkesbury campus centre will increase student interest in the horticulture industry.

The venture is a joint initiative between Horticulture Australia and the university.

To hear the full report, go to:

Audio: Horticulture Australia research and development general manager David Moore speaking about the new greenhouse facility. (ABC Rural)

 Posted 10 July 2014

Struggles of Australian vegetable growers continue

July 9, 2014

Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough, with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Read More »

Dutch Minister impressed by lettuce farm in South Africa

July 9, 2014
Jomajoco owner Johan van den Bosch, his wife Miranda and Dutch Minister Ploumen.

During the Dutch trade mission to South Africa on July 7, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Lilianne Ploumen, was full of praise on the cooperation of Dutch horticultural suppliers with local entrepreneurs. In her speech she mentioned the most sustainable lettuce farm of South Africa, Jomajoco, as an excellent example. She is enthusiastic on how e.g. Bosman Van Zaal and Hoogendoorn have contributed to a sustainable and food-safe production by bringing in advanced technology that is fitted to local conditions. Read More »

HFF 2014 – Delegate Information

July 8, 2014
HFF logo Wordpress

If you have attended a HFF conference previously, you will remember that the conference dinner is a highlight; generally, sold out and subject to a waiting list. To avoid missing the dinner at Club Mulwala, the fantastic networking opportunities and entertainment from comedian Mark ‘Spud’ Murphy, organisers recommend you book now. Head back online to your registration and select your dinner ticket in your ‘add ons’. Alternatively, contact to reserve a seat and make your payment. Read More »

New Bumblebee Campaign

July 5, 2014
Bombus terrestris

Once again, Australian hydroponic and greenhouse growers have launched a campaign to allow the use and commercial rearing of bumblebees to pollinate important greenhouse crops, this time in Tasmania. Currently, the possession and use of bumblebees is prohibited in Australia, including Tasmania where they appeared in 1993. Read More »

Is osmosis the mechanism for water uptake?

July 2, 2014
Rick Donnan

I believe that osmosis is the mechanism for the uptake of water by plants in hydroponics. Is this correct and how does it work? 


Yes, osmosis is the mechanism for water uptake by plant roots, but this applies to all plants, not just those growing in hydroponics. Where hydroponics has an advantage is that the grower has some control over the root zone solution strength (usually measured by EC—electrical conductivity). It is the root zone solution strength which has a major influence upon osmosis and hence water uptake. Read More »

Imported food testing continues to get good results

June 30, 2014

More than 270 tests a day have been applied to imported food in six months, as part of Australia’s rigorous food testing system.  Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the results of monitoring showed a high compliance rate of 99.4% when labelling mistakes were excluded. Read More »