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Scientists discuss sex-less insects

March 19, 2018
Sexless insects

More than 20 scientists from across the globe gathered in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing. Experts from South America, Africa, India, Canada and Europe met in Palmerston North to discuss advances in the sterile insect technique – a new weapon against insect pests. The technique involves releasing large numbers of sterile insects into the environment, providing mates for the existing population but no offspring. The technique is being developed for a range of pests, from sugar cane pests in South Africa to navel orange worm moths in California. Read More »

Growing cities no drain on water supplies

March 16, 2018

Australian cities have kept their thirst for water under control in the past financial year with demand holding steady at 2,480 gigalitres, despite strong population growth. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the Urban Regional Water Account for 2016-17 showed work to save household and industrial water was paying off. Read More »

Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference 2018

March 14, 2018
Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) will hold its 11th biennial conference at the Mantra Bell City in Preston, Victoria, from 25-27 June 2018. The program includes speaker and panel sessions, technical exhibition and farm tour. The event will have some changes to the format, including granting trade partners the opportunity to invite their customers (growers) to learn, share and network with like-minded people. Read More »

New campaign launched to target workplace safety

March 14, 2018
Safework NSW

SafeWork NSW has launched a $3.2 million campaign aimed at ensuring workers and employers stay safe on the job. The Safety starts with you campaign has been developed to improve safety and help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses across NSW. It highlights risky behaviour in an effort to reduce the number of injuries in NSW workplaces.

In 2015/16 alone, SafeWork NSW received 30,902 reports about major workplace injuries and illnesses, and tragically, there were 60 fatalities. SafeWork NSW, Group Director, Regional Operations and Sector Initiatives, Tony Williams said the campaign aimed to encourage workers and business owners to discuss safety in the workplace. Read More »

New partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

March 14, 2018
Autogrow MOU

New Zealand-based agtech solutions company Autogrow and Plant & Food Research today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their intention to collaborate in the development of protocols to maximise yield and enable continuous production of perennial fruits. The agreement was signed by Autogrow CEO Darryn Keiller and Dr Kieran Elborough, General Manager Science – New Cultivar Innovation for Plant & Food Research. Read More »

Can Sydney swallow the sewerage solution?

March 13, 2018

As Greater Sydney is forecast to gain another 1.74 million residents in the next 18 years, a Western Sydney University expert in water conservation says a vital consideration needs to be how Sydney will manage the increasing demand for drinking water. Dr Ian Wright, from the University’s School of Science and Health, says many people do not realise that Sydney already relies on recycled sewage to top up its water supplies.

“Drinking recycled sewage is a very confronting topic. But even in Australia’s biggest city – Sydney – it is an important part of the water supply,” says Dr Wright. Read More »

APVMA permanent Armidale premises confirmed

March 12, 2018

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is one step closer to building its regulatory operations in Armidale, with 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street named as the site for the authority’s permanent office in Armidale, NSW. The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud MP, the Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce MP, and APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, made the announcement at an event at the site today. Read More »