Why is plant biosecurity important to Australia?

Why is plant biosecurity important to Australia?

Preventing the entry and spread of potentially damaging pests, diseases and weeds is critical to protect the future of the Australian cut flower and foliage industry. Australia is well known internationally for its strict approach to biosecurity. Our processes play … Continued
Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

The Queensland Government funded two four year Water Use Efficiency Programs, RWUE4 and SEQIF2 with the aim to improve on-farm water and energy efficiencies. FAQI’s program assisted irrigators to reduce overall water consumption or improve water use efficiency through improvements … Continued
Pesticide Gap Analysis

Pesticide Gap Analysis

The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to indentify the chemical needs of the industry moving into the future. The project, Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis (code FL10002) was co funded by Horticulture … Continued
Dealing with debt collectors

Dealing with debt collectors

The first in a series of MoneySmart business solutions The dos and don’ts of debt collecting Debt collection is legal, but bullying and harassment by debt collectors is not. If you are intimidated by someone trying to recover a debt, … Continued
2012 International Protea Association Conference, Chile

2012 International Protea Association Conference, Chile

Delegates attending the 16th International Protea Association (IPA) Conference and the XIth International Protea Working Group Symposium made the most of the opportunity to share information about growing and studying Proteaceae and related plants. The conference was held in Santiago, … Continued
Growing daffodils…a family affair

Growing daffodils…a family affair

Following the disastrous years of the Great Depression, my father Dan and his brother Jock began to get back on their feet in 1945 with their bulb growing business, Blyth Bros. They got things started by growing flowers and vegetables, … Continued
Success with Serruria in South Australia

Success with Serruria in South Australia

The Banksia Company is part of the Baker Group and is located at Furner near Millicent in the Limestone Coast Region of South Australia. Mary Whitehead has managed the flower farm since 1991, with output growing over that time from … Continued
Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

A grafting project undertaken over 5 years and funded by RIRDC and NSW DPI has confirmed a role for grafted native flower crops in the commercial cut flower industry. Grafted plants can overcome several problems. They may be less susceptible … Continued
Somatic fusion project aims to develop novel waxflowers

Somatic fusion project aims to develop novel waxflowers

This research project is applying the technology of somatic fusion to develop novel commercially desirable varieties of waxflower (Chamelaucium species), one of the world’s most successful cut flower and ornamental crops. Targeting selected species and hybrids in the Chamelaucium group, … Continued
Recycling leads to real water savings

Recycling leads to real water savings

In addition to irrigation scheduling, processes such as capturing water run-off, disinfestation, recycling and nutrient management are other key strategies that have been investigated as part of the Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) and Rural Water Use Efficiency (RWUE) projects.Readers … Continued