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‘A slow death by poison’: Are neonicotinoids at the root of the honey bee crisis?

April 13, 2016
Varroa destructor

A growing body of research, outlined in a new review in Bee World, attests to a link between neonicotinoids – the leading agricultural insecticides worldwide – and the global collapse of honey bee colonies, say authors Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Nicolas Desneux. Read More »

10th Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference

April 9, 2016
Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria

The 10th biennial Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoria (HFF) conference and technical exhibition will be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Apollo Bay, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016. The HFF is an industry grower organisation whose membership includes commercial growers and industry representatives (businesses offering support to growers). The organisation is open to all hydroponic farmers Australia wide. Read More »

8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture

April 7, 2016
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

The 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture will be held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, from 22-26 May 2016. The symposium will be held in coordination with the ISHS Commission Horticultural Engineering, ISHS Commission Protected Cultivation, ISHS Section Ornamental Plants, and ISHS Workgroup Light in Horticulture. Read More »

Growers donate excess veggies to Foodbank

April 6, 2016
Foodbank Australia

Peak industry body AUSVEG is encouraging Australia’s vegetable growers to donate excess produce to hunger relief organisation Foodbank Australia, in a bid to help families in need and avoid wastage. Read More »

European greenhouse automation expert joins Powerplants Australia

April 4, 2016
Powerplants Australia

Powerplants Australia has announced the appointment of Merijn Kuiper to the role of Automation and Logistics Division Manager. Merijn comes to Powerplants with over 12 years’ experience in the Greenhouse Automation and Logistics field, working predominantly with WPS Horti Systems in the Netherlands where he is currently based. Read More »

Alarming Vegetable Industry Statistics

April 1, 2016
Steven Carruthers

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report on Agricultural commodities for the year ending June 2015, the gross value of the vegetable industry has declined 4.6% compared to the 2013-14 period. In fact, the value of the industry has declined 11.1% since 2012-13. Read More »

Can we use chlorine dioxide to prevent diseases?

April 1, 2016
Magazine Columnist

Can we use stabilised chlorine dioxide continuously in the irrigation system to prevent diseases and biofilm (on a system that recirculates drain water)?

Can we spray chlorine dioxide directly on crop leaves, to prevent diseases in general, specially fungal diseases?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »