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The Coming Greenhouse Revolution

October 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

Over the next five years, the value of the ‘smart’ greenhouse market globally is forecast to reach USD 1.2 billion as growers turn to advances in technology for better and faster crop yields; where crops will be grown in urban environments without human intervention. This is the conclusion of a report published by the world’s largest market research store (, whose clients include some of the world’s largest businesses. The report not only provides revenue forecasts, but also sheds light on drivers, restraints, opportunities, market trends, and the technologies expected to revolutionise the smart greenhouse domain. It also profiles various companies active in smart greenhouse markets, providing detailed market ranking analysis, mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, partnerships, new product developments, and the key growth strategies of each player. Read More »

Setting up a trial NFT system

October 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

I am in the process of setting up a small NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system to start a trial commercial basil farm. I am planning on using a header tank system to supply the nutrients to the plants. I’m choosing this system because I feel at this time it provides me with more safeguards. The flow rate of the nutrient solution to the plants from the header tank would be controlled by a manual inline valve. I will have a primary pump to transfer solution from the catchment tank to the header tank. I also plan on using a secondary pump as a backup in the event of primary pump failure. When I change the solution I will swap the pumps so the primary becomes the back up and vice versa. Both pumps would be activated either by their own float or perhaps one float would control both for simplicity, but I need to figure out which would be more practical. Answer by RICK DONNAN
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Getting smarter

October 1, 2015
Sustainable Strawberry Project where Cravo’s retractable roof greenhouses are used to create a superior growing environment for strawberries.

By 2020, the value of the worldwide smart greenhouse market is expected to reach more than USD 1.2 billion, as increasingly, greenhouse growers turn to new advances in technology for better and faster crop yields. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Read More »

Veg Pest ID app updates

September 30, 2015

Picking a mould from a mildew is now easier for vegetable growers, thanks to the latest range of pest and disease identification updates on the vegetable levy-funded smart device application, Veg Pest ID.  The app, released last year by Applied Horticultural Research, has been updated to include 13 vegetable varieties and more than 1500 high resolution images of a wide range of pests, disorders and diseases which can also be accessed offline. Read More »

Growcom call for real time price information

September 30, 2015

Peak horticulture organisation, Growcom, has called for the establishment of real time price information for fruit and vegetables traded in the wholesale markets as part of its submission under the review of the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct. Read More »

Veg industry welcomes funds for export training

September 25, 2015
A 12-month study into innovative air freight packaging to improve the shelf life of leafy green vegetables.

AUSVEG has welcomed the announcement from the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, of an allocation of funds to increase the exporting skills of Australian vegetable growers under the Federal Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters program (PASE). The two year grant, worth over $95,000, will allow AUSVEG to develop a training package for Australian vegetable growers to increase their practical export skills. Read More »

Researchers resolve structure of so-called photosystem

September 24, 2015
Crystal structure of plant PSI-LHCI supercomplex.

Researchers at Okayama University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have resolved the structure of so-called photosystem I (PSI) to a spatial resolution of 0.28 nanometers and elucidated the mechanisms governing the conversion of carbon dioxide into sugars for high-efficiency energy transfer in photosynthetic organisms. The results, published in AAAS Science magazine, may offer ‘blueprints’ for establishing artificial photosynthetic systems. Read More »