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Bees the key to 30% of our diet

March 27, 2012

A new study that reports approximately 30% of our diet is produced as a result of the activity of pollinators like bees has investigated the role that our native bees can play in increasing the yield and quality of vegetable seeds like carrots and leek. The Development of native bees as pollinators of vegetable seed crops study undertaken by the University of Adelaide is one of a large range of studies to be published on the vegetable industry’s pioneering national knowledge management R&D database this month. Read More »

Anti-GM activists create blue strawberry hoax

March 20, 2012

FreshPlaza, a noted portal for the fresh produce industry, reports there is a new GM product just been created and it really does represent a break from the conventional. It’s a blue strawberry that has been designed to withstand freezing temperatures. Scientists discovered that the Arctic Flounder Fish produces its own antifreeze so that it can protect itself from freezing water. Read More »

PMA Weninar Series

March 20, 2012

Produce Marketing Association’s Foundation for Industry Talent is launching a webinar series geared toward young professionals that will provide insights on general business practices, industry related issues and human resource topics to help them reach their career development goals. The webinar platform will provide an intimate setting for participants to interact with industry experts. Read More »

Alternatives to Dimethoate and Fenthion – Education Road Show

March 20, 2012

The fruit fly treatments Dimethoate and Fenthion (D&F) are currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and it is anticipated that both chemicals will be banned for use in Australia. Read More »

State of the Climate 2012

March 14, 2012

Australia’s land and oceans have continued to warm in response to rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
This is the headline finding in the State of the Climate 2012, an updated summary of Australia’s long term climate trends released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today (14 March 2012). Read More »

Foreign Investment in Australian Agriculture

March 10, 2012

Last month former Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Acting Minister for Agriculture Simon Crean released the publication Foreign Investment and Australian Agriculture. This was commissioned by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) and prepared by the Australian Bureau for Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Read More »

5% of Adelaide growers turn to hydroponics

March 8, 2012

au.news.yahoo.com and FreshPlaza report 5% of growers on the Adelaide Plains in South Australia are switching to hydroponics, according to Adelaide grower, Hieu Minh Ly.

He says the chance to control production and the smaller amount of land required are advantageous. However, he said that the challenges included the costs involved, which  were prohibitive for some.

Minh Ly, who has recently made the switch himself, has just returned from a study tour of the Netherlands, to see its world class hydroponics industry at work.