NOTICE: Hard copies of the Australian New Crops Newsletter are available from the publisher, Dr Rob Fletcher. Details of availability are included in theAdvice on Publications Available.
The DOOR manual for plant nurseriesEdited by M.L. Hunter and G.W. Hayes
As described in the Australian New Crops Newsletter 4: 5, the "Do Your Own Research" concept has been successful in the nursery industry in generating solutions to a range of problems in many different nursery crops. The concept is now referred to as " Do Our Own Research". The DOOR manual has been released as a self-help guide to provide practical information and suggestions as to how to conduct research activities with other professionals in a commercial nursery environment. Although written for the n ursery industry, the problems faced by the nursery industry are similar to those faced by any new crop industry and this manual could be of use in the facilitation of problem solving in other innovative industries.
Available from:Growsearch Australia
Physic nut (Jatropha curcas L).
Promoting the conservation and use of underutilised and neglected crops. 1.By Joachim Heller
Published by the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben/International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome.
Contents: Names of the species and taxonomy, Botanical description, Origin and centre of diversity, Properties including toxicology, Uses including whole plant, food, fodder, medicine, plant protectant, molluscicide, technical uses, diesel fuel, Geneti c resources including existing genetic variation and conservation, Breeding objectives and methods, including selection based on provenance trials, Production areas, Ecology, Agronomy including growth, development, propagation, pests and diseases, Limitat ions of the crop, Prospects, Research needs and contacts, Publications of Proyecto Biomasa, DINOT/UNI, Apartado Postal 432, Managua, Nicaragua (facsimile 505 2 490 937).Available from: IPGRI
Yam bean (Pachyrrhizus spp. DC.)
Promoting the conservation and use of underutilised and neglected crops. 2.By Marten Sorensen
Contents: Taxonomy including the species Pachyrrhizus erosus (L.) Urban, P. ahipa (Wedd.) Parodi and P. tuberosus (Lam.) Spreng., Description of the cultivated species including botany and morphology, reproductive biology, cultivat ion practices, areas of diversity and history, Origin of the cultivated species and centres of diversity, Properties including biological nitrogen fixation, chemical composition of the parts, nutritional and industrial aspects, Uses including domestic, in dustrial and environmental, Genetic resources including variation, geographical distribution, importance of wild relatives, institutions holding germplasm, conservation, Breeding including constraints, opportunities and alternatives, Ecology including pho tothermal neutrality, Production areas, Agronomy including propagation, crop husbandry, field trials, pests and diseases, harvesting, post-harvest handling and yields, Limitations of the crop, Prospects, Future research needs, Centres of crops research, b reeding and genetic resources.
Bush heritage - An introduction to the history of plant and animal use by Aboriginal people and colonists in the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast areas.By Pat and Sim Symons
Contents: Historical perspective, Early observations, Descriptions of landscape and vegetation, The use of resources by Aboriginal people, Plant profiles (scientific, common and local language names, type of plant, useful parts, use, location for over 200 species), The use of animals, current assessment of the study areas.Available from: Pat and Sim Symons
Opportunities and profitsSpecial Crops Conference Proceedings
Contents: Production and marketing potentials for special crops in Alberta (Barry Mehr), Opportunities and profits (Sandy Bibby), Value-added processing of oilseeds (Martin Reaney), New products/processing potential/niche markets (Susan Lutz and Tony E vans), Status of world culinary seed production, 1995 (Benjamin Kaestner III), Ginseng production and marketing opportunities (Gerry Gill), Opportunities for diversification, crop fibres, new uses (Kenneth Domier), Fibre hemp: potentials and constraints ( Willem Meijer), Essential oil crops for Western Canada (Joe Mazza), Essential oil production in Alberta (Refe Gaudiel), Market opportunities and constraints for processed food products (Paul Murphy), New pulse crops for Western Canada (Al Slinkard), Adapt ability and production potential of some "new" crops in Alberta (Refe Gaudiel), How to market your product (Brian Clancey), Marketing specialty crops (Rod Bradshaw), Market information: outlook for special crops (Blair Roth), Prospects for special crops i n Alberta: wrap-up (Don Macyk), Recipes (Daniel Foerster).Available from: Mr Nabi Chaudhary, Supervisor
Prairie medicinal and aromatic plants conferenceProceedings, March 3-5, 1996
Contents: Trends in the production and marketing of medicinal plants in North America (Terry Willard), Aromatic and medicinal plants in Manitoba, trends in industry development (Jack Moes), Herb research and industry developments in Saskatchewan (Brank a Barl), Special crops production trends in Alberta: mints and more (Refe Gaudiel), Crop diversification in British Columbia: from ginseng to peony roots (Al Oliver), Perspectives on medicinal uses of native plants (Robin Marles), Varietal improvements of herbs: prospects and challenges (Conrad Richter), Organic production of herbs (Carol Husband), From borage to fenugreek and in between (Al Slinkard), Greenhouse production of medicinal plants: opportunities for diversification (Mohyuddin Mirza), Promisin g medicinal plants for the prairies (Dennis Awang), Herbs for your health (Terry Willard), Medicinal properties of ginseng (Lawrence Wang), Health Canada regulations regarding aromatic and medicinal plants (Ron Reinhold), Medicinal herbs, aromas and flowe r essences (Robert Rogers), Manufacturing and marketing of herbal and environment products (Rick Chaba), Uses of wild plants as sources of pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals (Mark Hetherington), Marketing of medicinal plants (Rick Kulow), Demonstrat ion of a computer program on herbs, homeopathy and health (Sam Ibrahim), Nutraceuticals from herbs (Alison Stephen), My experience with growing herbs in the greenhouse (Anita Schreyer), The future of herbal drugs (Dennis Awang), Recipes.
Available from:Extension Services, Land Sciences
Matching trees and sitesProceedings of an international workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand
Developing a mean monthly climatic database for China and South-east Asia, Climatic mapping for Thailand, GREEN-a climatic mapping program for China and its use in forestry, The development of interpolated temperature and precipitation relationships fo r the Indonesian archipelago, The development of climatic mapping programs and climatic mapping in Australia, Climatic requirements for some main plantation tree species in Vietnam, Climatic mapping for Eucalypts in Central America, The development of cli matic interpolation relationships for the Philippines, Current methods and future needs for tree growth prediction in Vietnam, Tree growth predictions to support forest plantation development in Lao PDR, Site selection and growth prediction in Myanmar, A study of forest scientists' perceptions of trees' environmental relationships: implications for prediction growth, Plantgro soil and climatic database for Thailand, Developing Plantgro plant files for forest trees, The use of Plantgro in forest plantation planning in Indonesia, Soil sampling and growth prediction in Thailand, Site/genotype matching and growth prediction for Australian trees in China, Site sampling and performance prediction for Eucalyptus camaldulensis in Central America, Simulatio n mapping programs for Africa, China, Thailand and Australia.
Available from:Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Horticulture: trade and investment, a marketing perspective - Opportunities for Queensland AgribusinessAgribusiness 2000 Series
Contents: Global market analysis, Queensland's export capabilities, Factors influencing Queensland's export capabilities, Potential opportunities for Queensland agribusiness, Un-processed product information including avocados, bananas, cabbages, cashe w nuts, cauliflower and broccoli, chillies and green peppers, grapes, lettuce, mangoes, melons, plums, strawberries, tangerines and mandarins, tomatoes and processed product information including canned mushrooms and pineapples, frozen potato and vegetabl es, olive oil, orange juice, preserved olives, raisins, tomato paste and wine.
Available from:Agribusiness Marketing Services
The pharmacology of Chinese herbsBy Kee Chang Huang
Contents: History of Chinese medicine, Herbs for the Cardiovascular system (Multiple actions, Cardiac, Antiarrhythmic, Antihypertensive, Antianginal, Antihypercholesterolemic, Antishock), Nervous system (Anesthetic and muscle-relaxing, Sedative and hyp notic, Anticonvulsive, Analgesic, Antipyretic, Antirheumatic, Central stimulating), Alimentary system (Stomachic and "wind"-dispelling, Promoting digestion, Antacid and antiulcer, Laxative, Antidiarrheal, Emetic and Antiemetic, Choleretic and antihepatiti s, Tonics and supporting herbs), Repiratory system (Anti-tussive, Expectorants, Antiasthmatic), Genitourinary system (Diuretic, Herbs affecting the uterus), Hematopoietic system (Promoting blood formation, Hemostatic and Antistasic), Endocrine system (Her bs affecting the thyroid glands, the Adrenal cortex, Antidiabetic herbs), and Chemotherapy (Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungus, Antitubercular, Antiseptics, Disinfectants, Anthelmintics, Antiamedial, Antitrichomonial, Antimalarial and Anticancer herbs).
This book presents English and Chinese names for all herbs, with chemical structures of known chemical constituents.Available from booksellers.
160 alternative farming enterprises and ideas Suitable for large & small farms
Contents: Looking for new ideas, Choosing a new idea, Developing your idea into a business, How to use this book, 77 new farming ideas (including almonds, artichokes, black currants, bramble fruit, broombush, caraway oil, carobs, chestnuts, Chinese wat er chestnuts, christmas trees, cold-pressed oils, compost, dill oil, essential oils, Eucalyptus oil, farm tree nursery, fuchsias, ginseng, gooseberries, hazelnuts, herbs, jojoba, jujubes (Chinese dates), lavender oil, lavender plants, native foods, olives , oriental vegetables, pecan nuts, peppermint, persimmons, pistachio nuts, pomegranates, quandongs, raspberries, red currants, tea-tree oil and walnuts), 83 other suggestions.
Available from:AgMedia, 3/166 Wellington Parade
Diseases and pests of vegetable crops in Canada
(Maladies et ravageurs des cultures légumières au Canada)
(English and French editions available)Edited by R.J. Howard, J.A. Garland and W.L. Seaman (English edition).
A practical guide providing information on infectious and non-infectious diseases, insect, mite, nematode, mollusc and weed pests of vegetable crops including: asparagus, bean, beet, carrot, celery, corn, crucifers, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, ginseng , greenhouse vegetables, herbs and spices, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, pea, potato, tomato and others.
Information is supplied on symptoms/damage, disease cycle, epidemiology/life cycle and management for the important diseases and pests of these vegetable crops.
Available from:The Entomological Society of Canada
Fifty potential new crops for the New South Wales North CoastBy Brian Munro, Horticulturalist,
Illustrations, origin, botanical name, description, climate, soil requirements, fruit, varieties available, yield potential, uses, market potential, pests and diseases, propagation and research and development requirements for abiu, avocado, babaco, bl ack sapote, canistel, cape gooseberry, carambola, casana, cedar bay cherry, cherimoya, Chinese jujube, Chinese water chestnuts, cocona, custard apple, gingko, green sapote, grumichama, highland papaws, jakfruit, kaffir lime, longan, loquat, lychee, malaba r chestnut, mamey sapote, mango, mora de castilla, naranjilla, Natal plum, ndea, oca, pandan, papaw, pepino, pitahaya, purple mangosteen, red and yellow pitaya, rocoto, rollinia, sapodilla, soursop, star apple, tamarillo, ugni, wampi, water cherry, white sapote, wild himalayan fig, yacon and yellow cherry guava.
Available from:Mr Bob Brinsmead
Fruit and vegetable prices and receivals 1995-96 - Flemington Markets, Sydney AustraliaBy Tony Moody and Suzy Collier
Contents: Summary of produce intake 1990-96, and monthly price spreads, Produce reports, Monthly receivals and Receivals by origin for Fruit and Vegetables. Special sections are concerned with Imports of fruit and vegetables and the Marketing of exotic and Asian produce. In the latter section, recent press reports publicising new fruit and vegetable products are included, along with summaries of 26 such lines. A copy of the Weekly Asian & Exotic Produce report produced from the Flemington Market Re porting Service is included.
Available from:Flemington Market Reporting Service
Code of Practice for the road transportation of fresh produceBy A. Story
The Code of Practice is a practical and effective guide for the road transportation of fresh produce.
It is written using "best practice" approach and is intended to maintain and strengthen the professional service provided by the Australian fresh produce transport sector.
It consists of three booklets which cover policy issues, equipment specifications, recommended procedures, corrective action procedures and various checklists to record and audit performance.
There is also technical support information in relation to road transport of fresh produce under Australian conditions.
Available from:The Secretariat
Herbs, spices and medicinal plants - Recent advances in botany, horticulture and pharmacology Volume 1Edited by L.E. Craker and J.E. Simon.
Contents: An introduction to the scientific literature on herbs, spices and medicinal plants, chemotaxonomic aspects of essential oils, botanical nomenclature of culinary herbs and potherbs, biochemistry of momo-terpenes and sesquiterpenes of the essen tial oils, the biochemical pharmacology of plant alkaloids, polyphenolic compounds with biological and pharmacological activity, production ecology of secondary plant products, the chemistry, pharmacology and commercial formulations of chamomile, medicina l plants of Israel: an ethnobotanical survey.
Agriculture in Australia: an introductionBy Bill Malcolm, Peter Sale and Adrian Egan.
Contents: Introduction, Agriculture in Australia, Processes of plant production, Processes of animal production, Economic principles of profitable production, Agribusiness management, Agribusiness marketing, Sustaining resources, Improving agriculture.
Available from booksellers
Price: A$59.95; $NZ79.95
Ecology and silviculture of eucalyptsBy R.G. Florence
The first part of this book focuses on eucalypt taxonomy, evolution and growth habit, leading to an ecological interpretation of species and community patterns. This leads on to succession processes, response to fire, and competition for light, nutrien ts and water. The way in which eucalypts have performed in overseas plantations sheds light on these fundamental processes.
The second part is concerned with regeneration and stand dynamics. Flowering, seed production and dispersal, responses to disturbance, lignotuber formation and coppicing are dealt with in a series of case studies.
The book then considers the diversity of current silvicultural practice. More intensive practices, such as shelterwood and clear-felling, are considered in relation to the need to integrate wood production and environmental objectives.
Available from:CSIRO Publishing
Conference Manual: "Culture of the Land; Cuisine of the People"Australian Native Bushfood Industry Committee Conference.
The Conference manual of 170 pages encompasses an industry business and marketing paper including species, quantities, climates, industry structure, etc; an extensive source document for government assistance programmes; species list; literature list; conference papers and a paper on the development of bushfood resources, their constituents and research areas.
Available from:Rapt Consulting Pty Ltd
Proceedings: Towards 2000 Herb Industry Conference and ExpoBairnsdale, Victoria
Speakers included Gil Tucker (Australian Herb Supplies), Ross Brownhill (H.G.Langdon company), Jenny Dixon (grower of culinary herbs hydroponically), Rose Cornelissen (naturopath), Warren Morey (Hobler-Mann), Withhold Petrusewicz (Essential Oils of Tas mania), Robert Downs (organic certification) and there were other speakers on networking and government assistance.
Available from:Victorian Eastern Development Association (VEDA)
Date production and protection - With special reference to North Africa and the Near East.Prepared by the Horticultural Crops Group, Plant Production and Protection Division.
Contents: Origin and distribution, Climatic factors, Economic importance, Description of the date palm, Pollination, breeding and selection, Propagation, planting and associated crops, Soil requirements and the use of organic manures, green manures and inorganic fertilizers, Irrigation, drainage and salinity, Soil cultivation, weed control and other cultural practices, Harvesting, Pests and diseases, Importance of productivity.
Available from:Granny Smith's Bookshop
China: development of olive productionPrepared by the Horticultural Crops Group, Plant Production and Protection Division.
Contents: The present situation of Chinese oliviculture, Reports from Beijing, and Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Hubei provinces, Evaluation of the existing development of olive culture, suggestions for the expansion of olive production, Recommendations and data appendices.
Available from:Granny Smith's Bookshop
Australian herb industry resource guide - Third EditionCompiled by Mrs Kim Fletcher, Focus on Herbs Consultancy and Information Service.
This book, first published in 1992, provides information on the sources and resources within the herb industry in Australia and covers such fields as courses, consultants, equipment, societies, grower organizations, importers, suppliers of plants, seed s, fresh-cut and dried culinary and medicinal herbs, manufacturers, display gardens, phytopharmaceutical manufacturers, specialist herb shops, essential oil producers and suppliers, craft materials, herbal events, magazines and so on.
Available from:Focus on Herbs Consultancy and Information Service
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