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Swarm of honey bees stopped at sea

May 1, 2012

A swarm of Asian honey bees, Apis cerana, was recently detected and destroyed on a vessel bound for Darwin. Master of the MV Changsha, Captain Guy Hamilton, alerted the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) prior to arrival in Australia that the crew had found and treated a bee swarm attached to a shipping container leaving Benete Bay, Indonesia. DAFF Biosecurity officers met the vessel on arrival to ensure the bees and hive had been properly removed and destroyed. Read More »

BG products available in Australia and NZ

May 1, 2012

Dutch Bio-Power Pty Ltd, an Australian- owned company, commenced in mid-2011 and operates from a head office based in Baulkham Hills in New South Wales and a distribution centre at Riverstone in north-west Sydney. Read More »

Australian Fresh Leaf expansion

May 1, 2012

With growing operations established in Melbourne, Victoria, and Bundaberg and Mareeba in Queensland, herb grower Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs (AFLH) is on track to expand production in the Northern Territory with planting currently underway in Darwin’s rural area. Read More »

7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems

April 30, 2012

The ISHS 7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems will be held at Wageningen (Netherlands) from 15 – 18 October 2012. The symposium will be held in the Forum building centrally located on the Wageningen UR campus and only a short distance from the city centre of Wageningen.

Light plays an important role in market-oriented greenhouse production. Products have to be ready for the market on time with the desired volume and quality. In order to meet these requirements, an optimal use of light as one of the most important production factors is of utmost importance. Natural light is free and its utilisation in greenhouse horticulture is necessary for sustainable crop production. The addition of supplementary artificial light however, will remain necessary in several regions of the world. Read More »

2012 HFF Conference

April 30, 2012

The 2012 Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) Conference and Trade Show will be held in Ballarat, Victoria, from 18-20 July. The theme will be ‘The Future – Filling in the Gaps’. The HFF is all about networking and knowledge transfer and the aim of the conference is to facilitate and encourage both.

The HFF is an industry grower organisation for commercial hydroponics and protected cropping growers. Membership includes growers, industry representatives and interested parties. The HFF is open to all hydroponic farmers Australia-wide.

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SETAC Australasia Conference

April 30, 2012

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) will hold its 2nd Australasian conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, from 4-6 July 2012. The meeting aims to bring together environmental toxicologists and chemists and promote knowledge sharing to achieve a healthier environment. As a tribute to the 2010/11 summer floods and cyclones, which affected many parts of Australia including the host city Brisbane, the special conference theme this year is on the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change on our fields. Read More »

New Look PMA Fresh Connections

April 30, 2012

As the Australasian produce industry continues to thrive in spite of challenging economic times, the opportunities to learn the latest for local and global success will be available from 26-28 June 2012, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show to be held at Australia’s Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Co-hosted by PMA Australia-New Zealand and the Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries, the event will allow organisations to come away with invaluable knowledge for increasing business profitability, and enhanced industry networks.

Buzzing with energy in a who’s who atmosphere, PMA Fresh Connections will bring together the entire fruit, vegetable and floral industries from across Australia and New Zealand; and with a new look, a new logo, and up to 1000 attendees anticipated, PMA Fresh Connections will be sure to excite, inspire, educate and build your business connections. Read More »