Biosecurity update No.6 from Plant Health Australia

August 25, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

The latest (Edition 6 – 19 August 2016) newsletter from Plant Health Australia is available online here. This marks the release of the latest version of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report  by Plant Health Australia (PHA), detailing the pests of concern to plant industries and the environment, as well as the entire system that works […]

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Farm Biosecurity Newsletter July 2016

July 13, 2016 by Communications No Comments

    Newsletter   Friday 8 July Which plant pest is the greatest risk to producers? In a recent audit of around 300 exotic plant pests affecting growers overseas, the pest that came out on top with the greatest potential impact if it made it to Australia was Xylella fastidiosa (pronounced Zylella). That’s partly because over 200 […]

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Koolies Nose Knows – training your dog

July 11, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

Where to start? A little over 12 months ago my dog Silhouette Luca (an Australian Koolie) and I joined a K9 Nose Works class. Luca had developed reactiveness to some other dog breeds and could be quite anxious thanks to a scare he got from a huge thunderstorm. Nose Works gave us the opportunity to […]

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Requests for Truffle June 2016

June 13, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

We will update this list over the next few weeks. There’s the usual warning. The ATGA cannot verify these individuals and companies, so you will need to do your own due diligence. Dear Association , we are The House of Fine Foods Ltd Hong Kong, we would be very interesting have your products for our market […]

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Are you watering correctly?

June 12, 2016 by Web Admin 1 Comment

Probably not. So how do you find out? While we’ve advanced our knowledge of much of the cycle of truffle production, how much to water and when to add it remains maddeningly untested. Ian Hall et al in their book Taming the Truffle which has been regularly reprinted since its publication in 2007 and which […]

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VTSIG June Meeting at Red Hill Truffles

June 9, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

The Victorian Truffles Special Interest group came from a list of Victorian growers collected at an ATGA conference where growers expressed interest in being part of a group that met regularly, but many didn’t want to join the Association (which at the time might have been less attractive as we had a sliding scale of membership […]

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Patchy production in your truffière? Here’s some science to help (video)

June 8, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

The long title of the lecture that this video records is ‘New findings on the life cycle of black truffle and their relevance in the management of plantations’. And if you felt you were missing the research behind the earlier videos on the site, if you listen carefully to  Dr. Xavier Parladé  from the IRTA  you’ll get  the […]

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The Spanish truffle buyers continued – Conservas Coll (video)

June 2, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

Another video (12 mins) from the Barcelona Truffle Tour, about another buyer we visited , Conservas Coll from just outside Barcelona. As we arrived there was a local truffle hunter selling his plastic shopping bag of wild truffle, 200 grams with dirt on, and he was paid EUR 300. This lead nicely into a discussion of grading […]

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Selling truffles in Europe (and what it means for us)

May 27, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

This is another of the videos recorded on the Barcelona Truffle Tour run by Micologia Forestal & Aplicada in Barcelona. Upfront I apologise for the shaky camera bits and extended graphics but they’re there because the audio was important. It’s the hassles of being a one-man camera crew. You’d get as much from this as […]

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Cold enough for you?

May 23, 2016 by Web Admin No Comments

I’ve been working on Climate mapping tools for the RIRDC/ATGA WIKI project and thought that I’d share with you this seasonal observation. I’ve used Queanbeyan as the data point for this as we’ve also been watching the temperature probe in the test we’re running for moisture levels at nearby Sutton. All the regions growers who are […]

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