FOOD COLD CHAIN OPTIMISATION: Improving energy productivity using real time food condition monitoring through the chain

Compiled by the AAEP, with funding from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, this 2017 report investigates factors that must be taken into account in any effort to improve cold-chain management in Australia, and explores the deployment of sensor technology, data monitoring and IoT to provide better identification of temperature control issues along the supply chain from packing room to retail shelf – particularly for temperature-sensitive, perishable and high-value goods. Issues of shelf life, spoilage and safety are key concerns. Potential savings are significant. Technology will enable end-to-end traceability and eventually, tools like disposable sensors embedded in product packaging yielding real-time end-to-end temperature readings.

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Light‑altering cover materials and sustainable greenhouse production of vegetables: a review

This paper reviews the studies on advanced greenhouse cover materials with variable light transmittance, the effects of which on leaf photosynthesis, physiology, and yield. It also provides insights into the potential key biological processes of crops responding to these light changes, specifically light receptors, signal transduction, nutrient biosynthesis pathways during fruit development and ripening.

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Protected Cropping Toolkit

A series of practical, informational videos from Protected Cropping Australia, the main industry body for Australia’s protected cropping operators, large and small. Topics covered include: Layout & Planning, Greenhouse Set-Up, Irrigation, Nutrient Management, Cleaning and Sanitation and Pests & Diseases.

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Reports, publications and fact sheets

An array of useful information for growers from the peak industry body for Australia’s horticulture sector, an estimated 30 per cent of which consists of low-, medium- and high-tech commercial protected-cropping operations that range from major growers to boutique operations located across all states and territories. PC operators grow a broad variety of fruits and vegetables including blueberries, strawberries, rubus (raspberries, blackberries), tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, capsicum, salad (including Asian) greens, herbs, chillies, eggplant and more.

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