Consumer focus in the new age of genetically modified crops

SAMANTHA MEHAN Consumer focused GM crops are taking over from traditional GM crops designed to benefit producers, a leading crop geneticist said in Brisbane this week. University of Copenhagen Professor Renate Müller told the International … [Read more...]

Australian import regulations worsen Pacific Island livelihoods

CHELSEA MAPPAS Australia’s ‘unscientific’ quarantine regulations have denied much needed export markets for Pacific Island taro, a leading industry expert said in Brisbane this week. Fiji based Nature’s Way Cooperative Chief Executive, Mr … [Read more...]

Everything old is new again

JACKSON IRVINE Old favourites and heirloom crops are making a comeback in readiness for tomorrow’s fruit and vegetable markets, an international crop genetics expert said in Brisbane this week. Polytechnic University of Valencia … [Read more...]

The tools to sustainable urban landscapes

TESSA FOX Modern urban landscapes should be more than just pretty shrubbery, they should be clever, climate-ready green spaces that make urban living better, international horticulturalists heard this week. In his presentation at the 29th … [Read more...]

Technology is reducing water pollution in the Great Barrier Reef

JASMINE DUX Surveillance technology that can monitor farm runoff is the latest high-tech innovation being used to protect water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry researcher Dr … [Read more...]

Papaya research could rid plant disease for good

SARAH DIONYSIUS Exotic fruit could be the key to eradicating plant disease and reducing crop loss. Research presented at the International Horticulture Congress in Brisbane this week detailed how tropical papaya is being used as a model … [Read more...]

How Indigenous vegetables can end malnutrition and poverty in underdeveloped countries

TESSA DIGRANDI The key to combating malnutrition and poverty is in promoting indigenous vegetables, World Vegetable Centre Director General Dr Dyno Keatinge, said in Brisbane this week. Dr Keatinge told the International Horticultural … [Read more...]

Research to make real field turf a viable option once again

ARIANA DEELEYArtificial turf may be the hot new thing in sporting field surfaces but researchers say it’s time to get back to reality.Speaking at the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane this week, head of research at the Sports Turf … [Read more...]

Australian organic plant manufacturing industry in good Shape

JACK DAVISON Australia’s Medicinal Aromatic Plant (MAP) industry is on solid ground, but  more investment is needed to ensure fresh opportunities bloom. University of West Hungary Botany Professor Akos Mathé told the International … [Read more...]