Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Empower young talent with the opportunity of a lifetime

Global Footprints Scholarships – when passion and opportunity meet, great things happen. Could this be you or someone you work with, a colleague, an employee?

A fantastic scholarship opportunity is available for talented young people.

Key information

From 1 May 2024, the Global Footprints Scholarships for 2024 is available for young talent to apply:

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity to travel the world and learn more about sustainability
  • $9,000 to gain global work experience in agriculture, horticulture or trades
  • Freedom to travel wherever is relevant NOW to learn from the most inspiring minds in the industry
  • Individual, professional coaching, networking opportunities and group workshops

We can all help by supporting young people to fulfil their potential and become inspirations to others.… Continue reading

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A weed with many uses

In a world-first study, researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) screened 50 native plants and weeds to find a cheaper and more environmentally friendly source for the bulk producing urease enzymes, used to strengthen soil and help to prevent erosion.… Continue reading

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A weed with many uses

In a world-first study, researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) screened 50 native plants and weeds to find a cheaper and more environmentally friendly source for the bulk producing urease enzymes, used to strengthen soil and help to prevent erosion.… Continue reading

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How can one fungus infect nearly all plants, vascular or not?

Two views of a common mould summarised from research by Ritu Singh, Celine Caseys and Daniel J. Kliebenstein in the news from the British Society for Plant Pathology, and also from Levantine Hill Wine articles.

If you observe signs of decay on your fruits and vegetables, accompanied by the growth of fuzzy grey-brown mould, chances are it is Botrytis cinerea.… Continue reading

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Aloe vera uses you never thought of

The evolution of electric vehicles and low power electronic devices such as mobile phones drive the search for better longer lasting energy storage. The amount of energy and the rate at which you can use it depends on, among other things, the surface area of electrodes that make up the bulk of the system.… Continue reading

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Hort Innovation Statistics 2022/2023

February saw the release of the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2022/23. This annual compilation of statistics reflects the general health of Australian horticulture. From 2013 the horticulture industry has grown substantially overall but the industry growth has flattened out over the last couple of years.… Continue reading

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Print media making a comeback

By Karen Smith

All is not lost in print media, and according to ‘theconversation.com’ magazines still have the place in the market. Here is a summary of the article on their website.

Print magazines, though not as popular as they once were, have defied predictions of demise.… Continue reading

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Tom May (Image: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)
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Australasian Systematic Botany Society Medal

Dr Tom May, Principal Research Scientist (Mycology) at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, was awarded the 2023 Nancy T. Burbidge Medal, the highest award of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS).

Dr Katharina Nargar, President of ASBS, said the award honoured Dr May’s longstanding and significant contribution to the discovery, description, understanding and conservation of Australia’s vast fungal diversity.… Continue reading

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Online invasion

Many harmful, invasive plant species are let loose in the wild by careless actions of home gardeners and well-meaning professionals. There are several examples where plants were introduced to solve a problem only to become the problem. Classic example is bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp.… Continue reading

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Extinction not inevitable

What is a Puteketeke (poo techie techie)? About 300,000 people worldwide now know because they voted to make it New Zealand’s bird of the century. Some Kiwi’s called foul (or should that be fowl) because of the influence of an American based talk show host who promoted himself as the Puteketeke campaign manager ruffling the feathers of many of New Zealand’s bird enthusiasts.… Continue reading

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The future looks good for these talented people (Image: BBM Youth Support)
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A special night for motivated young Australians

By Karen Smith

The Global Footprints Scholarships awards night, held recently in Sydney, celebrated a group of fifteen talented young people as they chase their dreams and prepare to travel the world.

This program, previously known as (Big Brother Movement) BBM Awards, is all about aligning the goals of young tradespeople and the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.… Continue reading

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Career in bloom

TAFE NSW Moss Vale has helped a Southern Highlands woman realise her dream of working in horticulture – and to follow in the footsteps of her mother.

Maddie-Rose Watson, 22, has had a fascination with plants since she was a young child, tottering around the family’s Moss Vale yard as her horticulturist mother tendered to the garden.… Continue reading

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Preserving Coventry’s heritage apple varieties (Image: Coventry University)
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Creating a community tree nursery from an abandoned allotment

A 50-year old find at an abandoned allotment sees Coventry University researchers create a community tree nursery. The unexpected discovery in Coventry, England,  has led to a project looking to preserve the city’s trees.

Coventry University researchers Liz Trenchard and Sam Green came across apple trees growing at the abandoned allotment site while walking around Charterhouse Park.… Continue reading

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A cross section of pileus surface of Pseudobaeospora taluna, highly magnified showing green reaction in an alkaline solution (Image: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria discovers new species of fungi

A recent investigation of collections of fungi Pseudobaeospora in Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s National Herbarium of Victoria has resulted in characterisation of the new species, Pseudobaeospora taluna.

Pseudobaeospora is a rarely encountered mushroom genus. There are no veils and so the whole sporing body is of rather simple construction.… Continue reading

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Biochar – not just fertiliser

The steel industry is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Turning iron ore into steel is an energy intensive process relying heavily on coal. BlueScope Steel in Wollongong received funding in 2022 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to investigate biochar as a partial substitute for coal in the blast furnace refining process.… Continue reading

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A new entry in the electric pro-tools market

By Patrick Regnault

(Intro) Tools and equipment are an investment that needs careful consideration. Regardless of their cost we need to ensure we do not spend on lesser quality tools. Reputable makers have their up and downs, standards can slip before rising again.Continue reading

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Artistic rendering of ALEPH-1 design concept in cutaway view (Image: Copyright Arthur Georgalas, RMIT University)
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Homegrown research team to put plants on the Moon

A bold plan to grow seedlings on the Moon by 2026 has been funded by the Australian Government, in what could reveal a greater understanding of horticulture in extreme environments.

The Australian Lunar Experiment Promoting Horticulture (ALEPH) project, led by local start-up Lunaria One – with RMIT, QUT and ANU as the major Australian university partners along with industry bodies, has just received $3.6 million as part of the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative. … Continue reading

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Biochar – not just fertiliser

The steel industry is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Turning iron ore into steel is an energy intensive process relying heavily on coal. BlueScope Steel in Wollongong received funding in 2022 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to investigate biochar as a partial substitute for coal in the blast furnace refining process.… Continue reading

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Green Group acquires Oasis Horticulture

Oasis Horticulture has been acquired by The Green Group, which is a group of Wholesale Nursery businesses that have been operating for over 40 years supplying greenlife in our industry. The Green Group businesses are owned by the Green family and include Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries,

Alpine Wholesale Nurseries, Thrive Plant Wholesalers, and Ellison Horticulture.… Continue reading

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