A group of five industry members have joined together to challenge last week’s directive by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for nurseries and orchardists to contain and/or destroy tens of thousands of apple (Malus) and stonefruit (Prunus) plants.
Novelty and health benefits play a major role in influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions and are often controlled in the plant by a family of proteins called MYBs. Understanding how these work could result in new fruits and vegetables on the supermarket shelves.
Dr Mike Nichols, a retired vegetable specialist who spent 40 years teaching at Massey University, has been experimenting with winter strawberries. He has now announced an 18-month experiment of growing and harvesting strawberries year-round has been successful.
A battery-powered fully-autonomous robot system, which can scan kiwifruit orchards and offer growers a full picture of their crop via accurate data, drew the interest of many in the horticultural industry at Fieldays.
Seeka Limited [NZX:SEK] advises that it has today released an information memorandum and process to sell nine orchards, including the six orchards recently acquired from Turners and Growers Horticulture Limited.