Tasmania is the world's largest producer of opium alkaloids for the pharmaceutical market. Standards placed on the industry by the Federal, State and US governments are stringent with very high levels of scientific expertise necessary.
The industry is highly efficient. It produces about 50% of the world's concentrated poppy straw (CPS) for morphine and related opiates from merely 10.7% of the production area.
Other major players are Turkey with 23% of morphine CPS, France with 21% morphine CPS and Spain with 4%. India, by contrast, produces traditional opium from which the US extracts opium alkaloids. India's morphine production is similar to Tasmania. Tasmania has an alkaloid yield of about 9.3 kg/ha compared with France at 7.0 kg/ha, Spain 4.9 kg/ha and Turkey at 1.1 kg/ha.
Most of Tasmania's exports are codeine, thebaine and other opiates. GlaxoKlineSmith exports to Port Fairy poppy straw which is processed to produce norphine, codeine and thebaine.
The industry was introduced into Tasmania by Mr. Steven King in the late 1960's for MacFarlan Smith, a subsidiary of Glaxo, now GlaxoSmithKline. The industry uses the dried poppy straw technique developed by Janos Kabay of Hungary.
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timecapturer (46401) 2014-05-03 2:16
white poppy fields look just as amazing as the red ones we get here in the UK. These have a bit more controversy surrounding them I suppose, but then our always represent fallen heroes. A beautiful setting with the trees adding another dimension to the view. Wonderful!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
annjackman (18453) 2014-05-03 2:38
What a glorious sight this is. The wide expanse of poppies is beautifully interrupted by the tall trees. The cloudy sky has plenty of texture and shades of grey, which add to the attraction of the image.
A lovely picture.
Kind Regards, Ann
snunney (80537) 2014-05-03 2:41
One forgets that the pharmaceutical industry still relies on organic products as a major source of its ingredients. This beautiful scene is very well captured. I like the point of view with the line of trees helping to draw the viewer inwards. Very appealing light and colours and superb depth. I wish you and Gladys a very pleasant Bank Holiday weekend.
deejayvee (93) 2014-05-03 3:02
A wonderful photo of the poppy fields with the trees providing a great contrast. The clouds have been captured well too, giving an interesting mood to the photo.
siudzi (32809) 2014-05-03 3:24
Quite moody scene with strong eye catching composition. Like the cold lighting and tonality of the sight and very interesting cloudy sky which created an attractive background. Well seen and photographed. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
Romano46 (16584) 2014-05-03 3:53
una foto stupenda sia per lo stesso soggetto che per la composizione e per come Ť stata scattata ed elaborata con toni morbidi e colori molto delicati che rendono straordinario ilÚ campo fiorito e gli alberi contro un bellissimo cielo grigio e tempestoso.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
holmertz (38523) 2014-05-03 7:31
Afghanistan is another major poppy producer, but not really for medical purposes :-(
To me poppies are supposed to be red, so this looks very different from what I had imagined from the title. The white poppies are also beautiful, but this photo is anyway mainly about the trees and how you have placed them, the clouds and the balance of grey and green. A field of red flowers may even have been distracting.
cornejo (29279) 2014-05-03 11:26
Hi Les, I like this good picture of this beautiful composition with nice poppy field, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
COSTANTINO (52766) 2014-05-03 11:46
this shot has a great contrast between
the grey sky and the beautiful white
landscape with so many flowers
Its the first time I see white poppy fields
because I knew only the red ones
beautiful setting of those trees without
everything is nice and delicate
marabu61 (7789) 2014-05-04 4:44
I have never seen white poppies before. This is a most impressive composition with the immense poppy field, the strange trees and the brooding, overcast sky that contrasts so nicely with the colorful scene below.
Interesting note also, Tasmania as a producer and exporter for pharmaceutical opium was new to me too.
have a great day
tyro (19228) 2014-05-04 13:38
Having prescribed bucketloads of morphine and diamorphine in my time, it's nice to know now where the legitimate stuff comes from! And it sounds as though they have the cultivation pretty well organised here in Tasmania.
This is a delightful photograph and, not only that, but to me it reminds me of just the sort of strong composition which would go down well with camera club judges. All the elements are there - the bold composition with the nearest tree sitting on the "third" followed by a row of smaller trees all standing up against a glorious sky which hasn't been "overcooked" and a lovely colourful area of ground below. Techincally perfect too with lovely light, true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-05 7:15
beautifully executed picture. The lonely tree has very strange shape and you gave it quite prominent place in the composition. The flowers soften the image and add plenty of subtlety to it. I like the lightness of this picture and delicate pastel colors.
Good DOF and well given sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
nikkitta (13871) 2014-05-08 11:22
That kind of rural landscape I like and admire, well presented here framed at the front by brown vegetation and then ranges of flowers below a stormy sky
Also the scatered trees add tractive and perspective
Very well done and presented
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (13083)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 2:04