Opportunities and challenges faced with emerging technologies in the Australian vegetable industry – Soilless production systems and Active Surveillance of Pests and Diseases: A Scoping Study in Vegetables
New technology is providing a range of breakthroughs in protected horticulture, yet Australia is severely lagging behind the Netherlands, the US, the UK and Canada when it comes to implementation. Project VG08087 investigated how the growth and competitiveness of the vegetable sector is dependent on the development and application of innovative solutions such as Soilless Production Systems. The future sustainability and viability of Australia’s vegetable industry depends on the nation’s capacity to minimise the risk of pests and diseases and respond effectively to any threats. Project VG09099 investigated the surveillance options available to ensure early detection to ensure eradication, thereby reducing their impact.