Go nuts for Nuts

ISABELLA MARSH Recent data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Australians are still not eating enough nuts. Figures released from the ABS in May show that while Australians are eating 60% more nuts than in 1995 we still … [Read more...]

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...]

High paying jobs have few takers in Horticulture

KENDALL DAVIES High paying jobs go begging as job seekers remain unaware of green pastures in horticulture. Charles Sturt University Professor Jim Pratley told the International Horticultural Congress job seekers were unaware of employment … [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...]

New greenhouse control technologies create cleaner, high-quality vegetables

JACK LAWRIE Plant factories in Japan are capable of producing up to one hundred times the amount of vegetables produced in open fields, thanks to new developments in greenhouse cultivation Chief-Director of the Japan Plant Factory … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Cranberry juice shown to have long term health benefits

CARINA DRUCE Drinking cranberry juice may help prevent some of our biggest killers including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, new research suggests. Quebec based Laval University, Professor Yves Desjardins told the International … [Read more...]