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Panama disease in Queensland here to stay

April 21, 2015

The National Management Group (NMG) for Panama disease Tropical Race 4 has announced that it is not technically feasible to eradicate the fungal pathogen in Queensland. The Australian Government is currently considering a support proposal from the banana industry, which will become part of considerations for the ongoing management of the disease. Read More »

Update on Hepatitis-A from imported berries

April 16, 2015
Photo2_Nannas mixed berries frozen

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, have moved to update Australians on the situation involving imported frozen berries and Hepatitis A after the latest media statement from Patties Foods.

“Patties Foods has issued a media release yesterday notifying the public that it intends to re-introduce Nannas and Creative Gourmet brand berries to the market place,” Minister Joyce said.

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Protected Cropping Australia biennial conference

April 7, 2015

The AIS Greenworks Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) biennial Conference and Trade Show will be held at Jupiters Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, from 5-8 July 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with the ISHS Symposium ‘ICESC2015: Hydroponics & Aquaponics. Read More »

International Blueberry Summit

April 7, 2015

The International Blueberry Organisation (IBO) will be hold its fifth annual event at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia,  from 7-9 September 2015. The seminar will bring together representatives from the world’s top producing countries with the objective of sharing information and analysis on the current state of the industry. Read More »

New Light Paradigm

April 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

The rapid advancement of light and light-based technologies over recent years signals a new paradigm. In much the same way that digital technology changed our daily lives, so too are advancements in light technology. From elementary indicator lamps in calculators and microwave ovens, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and laser technology have advanced to applications such as street lighting, stadium and building lighting, aviation and automobile lights, traffic signals, camera flashes, phototherapy to diagnose and treat medical conditions, food production and pest control. The list of new light applications grows almost by the day. Read More »

South-East Asia Sojourn

April 1, 2015
Aeroponic seed potato production in Thailand overcomes constraints such as pest and diseases.

Dr MIKE NICHOLS is an inveterate traveller, attending horticulture conferences around the world as a speaker and journalist. In this article, he visits Singapore’s Sky Green project and conducts a training course in Thailand on aeroponics seed potato production. Read More »

What do we need to do to eliminate the need to water leach?

March 31, 2015
Rick Donnan

I read the response to the inquiry, ‘Should I flush my growing medium?’ in your magazine. My question is, “what do we need to do to eliminate the need to water leach”, which means matching the nutrient solution formulation and its use factors based on the water-holding capacity of the rooting medium, which no one is investigating. So, we slosh on the nutrient solution and then monitor the EC of the retained solution, and at some point water leach to remove the accumulated ion, known as ‘salts’. What a waste! Read More »