Phytophthora diseases of cutflower crops – Part 2

Phytophthora diseases of cutflower crops – Part 2

In this second part of a report on Phytophthora root rots, Dr Aileen Reid (Development Officer Horticulture, Dept of Agriculture, WA) looks at disease management and control methods. Disease management It is extremely difficult to eradicate Phytophthora from an infested … Continued
Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Leaf blackening is a major problem for the cut flower Protea industry. Leaves often show symptoms of blackening as soon as 3 days after harvest. Presence of the disorder significantly decreases the vase life of the flowers as well as … Continued
Fumigating Postharvested Wildflowers for Export

Fumigating Postharvested Wildflowers for Export

Australian exports of cut flowers were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with Australian wildflowers comprising over 90% of exports. However, insect infestations in the flowers and foliage have caused rejections of consignments of flowers by importing countries.
Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to identify 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
Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis

Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis

Cut flower growers frequently suffer from a lack of legal access to crop protection products (pesticides). The problem is that whilst their crops are valuable, they are often too small individually for agrichemical companies to bear the high cost of registering products for … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Blushing Bride

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Blushing Bride

Serruria is a fast growing, erect shrub with soft, fern-like leaves. High yields per bush are achievable. However, plants are particularly susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and need to be grown in well drained soils.
New compound catches more Thrips

New compound catches more Thrips

By Doctors Rob van Tol, Willem Jan de Kogel (Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands) and David Teulon (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research, New Zealand). An odour to attract western flower thrips, as well as onion thrips, … Continued