A University of Melbourne led study has established how plants use their metabolism to tell time and know when to grow – a discovery that could help leverage growing crops in different environments, including different seasons, different latitudes or even in artificial environments and vertical…
Cross-pollination for macadamias has proved critical for maximising yields in a Hort Innovation pollination research and development project. The project team recently finished up analysis on macadamia cross pollination to better understand the implications on nut production and ensuring adequate pollination takes place.
A study published in Scientific Reports by Macquarie University Applied BioSciences has revealed that Queensland Fruit Fly (Q-fly) can detect the presence of potential predators by smell. Incredibly the study also found that Q-fly modify their behaviour based upon this detection, adopting predator specific responses.
A large team of researchers from Lincoln University, the University of Auckland, and Auckland University of Technology has shown, in an article* published in the prestigious journal Nature Plants, that the flammability of plant species generally runs in the family.
Applied Horticultural Research has produced five videos for vegetable growers outlining strategies growers can use to manage fruit flies http://ahr.com.au/pests-and-diseases/fruit-fly-management-for-vegetable-growers-new/ The videos focus on the fruit fly life-cycle, monitoring the population, use of protein baiting, MAT and female traps, barriers and hygiene.
Amid devastating bushfire activity across Australia, scientists have released a map that shows avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards that have been impacted, to help with response and recovery efforts.