Cut Flower and Foliage Cost Calculator

Cut Flower and Foliage Cost Calculator

The Cost and Profit Calculator is a decision support tool that will assist cut flower growers to accurately cost their products leading to better financial decision making during the marketing process.
Ultrasonic Sound Waves Kill Algae

Ultrasonic Sound Waves Kill Algae

During the drought, flower growers in south-east Queensland were required to reduce overall on-farm water usage to minimise the demand on our dwindling water supplies. The majority of flower growers are currently highly efficient users of water. This is demonstrated … Continued
All About Thrips

All About Thrips

Thrips are small, slender insects. They have soft bodies ranging from 1-2mm. Adult thrips have two pairs of narrow wings fringed with long hairs. Immature thrips are pale yellow to white in colour. Adults can be pale to dark. Eggs … Continued
Genome decoded

Genome decoded

A University of Utah biologist and an international research team decoded the genetic blueprint of the two-spotted spider mite, raising hope for new ways to attack the major pest, which resists pesticides and destroys crops and ornamental plants worldwide. The … Continued
Aussie Heroes

Aussie Heroes

What does a flower grower in North Queensland have in common with swimming sensation Liesel Jones and the ‘ballet dancer’, Scott Martin? Who can forget the images beamed into our lounge rooms (and millions of others around the world) of … Continued
Floral Preservatives – Post-Harvest Treatments Partner In QC

Floral Preservatives – Post-Harvest Treatments Partner In QC

Growers use all their skills in the cultivation of mother plants to harvest perfect flowers. The question is whether 100 percent of the genetic potential of the cut flowers is realised in the consumer’s home. By Anabel Evans Cut flowers, … Continued
Anthuriums

Anthuriums

Anthuriums are members of the Arum lily family (Araceae). A common feature of the Araceae is the typical, cup-shaped inflorescence: the arum. It consists of the spathe and the spadix, on which the flowers are situated. The Anthurium is an … 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
Legal victory needed for rights of plant breeders

Legal victory needed for rights of plant breeders

Last year in a letter to AFI’s editor, Plant Breeder’s Rights advocate, Christopher Prescott touched on the important changes needed to assist Australian plant breeder’s right (PBRs) holders effectively enforce their valid rights. Christopher has explained to AFI readers the … Continued
Lilies are very toxic to cats

Lilies are very toxic to cats

The Australian Flower Council (AFC) has received an enquiry from a concerned pet owner about the effects of lilies on cats. After an anxious few days and an expensive series of veterinary treatments, her pet is now doing well after … Continued