The influence of pH and EC

The influence of pH and EC

As a consultant for rose and gerbera growers for 15 years, I was asked to conduct a symposium in February at Toowoomba. It became apparent that the easiest (and cheapest) way to improve the production in Australia was by controlling … Continued
Biological control of western flower thrips in gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses

Biological control of western flower thrips in gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses

For the cut flower industry, the results indicate that T. montdorensis and N. cucumeris are N. cucumerithe most effective commercially available predators that provide control of western flower thrips (WFT) in Australia. Orius armatus shows promise for the cut flower industry; however, further research … Continued
Understanding the molecular basis of pigment biosynthesis using native Calandrinia flowers as the model

Understanding the molecular basis of pigment biosynthesis using native Calandrinia flowers as the model

Development of novel plant varieties to increase demand and maintain market share is a major driver of global cutflower and potted plant markets. Only a narrow flower colour spectrum is available for some ornamental species, thereby limiting their market potential. … Continued
Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

The ability of commercially available thrips predators to reduce WFT was examined on gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses. Three foliage predators were found to have the greatest potential to manage WFT. Two predatory mites and a pirate bug reduced thrips numbers by about 30 … Continued