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Aquaponic Growers Gathering in Portland

October 18, 2017
Putting Down Roots

The Aquaponics Association will kick off ‘Putting Downs Roots’ – the 2017 national aquaponics conference – on Friday 3 November at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA. The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the world’s foremost aquaponics experts. Read More »

2018 Irrigation Australia Exhibition – Call for Papers

October 17, 2017
IAL 2018

Irrigation Australia Ltd (IAL) is calling for papers for its 2018 International Conference and Exhibition. The closing date to submit abstracts is Friday 27 October 2017. With the theme ‘Addressing the Big Issues’, the biennial event will be held from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June, 2018, at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney. Read More »

What is NFT?

October 4, 2017
Hydroponic expert Rick Donnan

I have been reading hydroponic books and articles lately and have noticed that there is quite a lot of jargon used. One I particularly notice is NFT, which is occasionally defined, but much more often not. I recognise that it stands for Nutrient Film Technique, but what does that mean?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

Aussie magazine continues to enjoy a global readership

October 1, 2017

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine, first published in 1991 as a print magazine, continues to enjoy a global readership with its inclusion on, a digital publication portal attracting 100 million unique visitors monthly. The magazine is presented in a beautiful, magazine-like reader.

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses is a dual recipient of Publishers Australia’s Bell Award for ‘Best Specialist Magazine’, and the Publisher, Casper Publications, is a three-time recipient of the Bell Award for ‘Best Small Publisher’. The digital magazine is a leading information resource for commercial hydroponic, aquaponic and greenhouse growers worldwide, as well as researchers, educators, students and allied trades.

A growing demand

September 30, 2017
PH&G Managing Editor

Welcome to this issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses.

With the global population forecast to hit 10 billion by 2050, there is mounting pressure on food producers and manufacturers around the world to develop new technologies that will help address the increasing demands to feed a hungry world. Principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO Stefan Hajkowicz said the world would need 70 per cent more food by this time to meet demand. Read More »

Fruit production in the future

September 30, 2017
Robotic waiters

Where will the raw materials come from to “manufacture” our future food? ‘Fruit growing in the future’ is a paper presented by Dr Mike Nichols at the 2017 Protected Cropping Australia Conference.

It is the winter of 2100 and in a restaurant in Auckland and the waiter asks a diner about his choice of dessert.  The reply is a fresh white-fleshed nectarine, so the waiter proceeds to the kitchen and dials up the request on the food computer, which promptly instructs the 3-D printer to produce the nectarine.  Read More »

World of Orchids now available as an eBook

September 26, 2017
The World of Orchids

With an estimated 25,000 species worldwide, orchids are loved for their exotic and mysterious habitat, from cloud-shrouded mountains and rainforests, to mangrove swamps and semi-desert scrubs. They are perhaps the most challenging of all flowering plants to cultivate outside their natural habitat, often taking many years before the first flower appears.

The World of Orchids: A Practical Guide to Cultivating Orchids in Soilless Culture, by Jack Ross, is now available as a download eBook at a good price. This book presents the results of the author’s many years of research into orchid cultivation using soilless culture techniques. It is for orchid enthusiasts as well as commercial growers producing high quality orchid plants. –