Nursery Paper September 2013
Automating Irrigation Scheduling in Nursery Production
In this month’s Nursery Paper Queensland Industry Development Manager John McDonald and Research Scientist David Hunt describe the water use efficiency and cost savings achieved through the automation of irrigation scheduling.
Nursery Paper August 2013
Bridging the Ebusiness Technology Gap in the NSW Nursery and Garden Industry
NGIA Nursery Paper July 2013
Managing iron in nursery irrigation systems
Having a source of good quality water is vital to any professional nursery operation. In this month’s Nursery Paper, Victorian Industry Development Officer David Reid examines iron content in nursery irrigation systems, covering why it may be of concern and how best to manage it.
NGIA Nursery Paper June 2013
Management of fungus gnats in nursery production
This months nursery paper was prepared by Dr. Andrew Manners Senior Entomologist at the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and examines the managment of Fungus Gnats in Nursery production. Fungus gnats are a common problem in production nurseries and propagation greenhouses and can cause significant damage, economic loss and the spread of fungal diseases. To manage fungus gnats, careful and deliberate planning is required.
NGIA Nursery Paper May 2013
Emerging Biosecurity threats and industry preparedness.
NGIA Nursery Paper April 2013
Urban Vegetation and Heat Related Mortality
NGIA Nursery Paper March 2013
Crisis Management in the Australian Nursery Industry
NGIA Nursery Paper February 2013
Survey of Nursery Industry Attitudes towards the Australian Urban Forest
In order to better understand the attitudes of the Australian nursery and garden industry (NGI)
NGIA Nursery Paper December 2012
Minor Use Pesticide Program
The Minor Use Pesticide program allows for pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators, etc.), that do not have a legally approved label registration, to be used in a non-registered cropping system under an authorised APVMA permit. In this months Nursery Paper, Queensland Industry Development Manager John McDonald explains how managing the National Minor Use Pesticide Portfolio delivers new chemistry to support on-farm plant protection management activities.
NGIA Nursery Paper November 2012
Fungicides are often used as a critical part of an integrated pathogen control strategy as pathogenic fungi have the ability to significantly reduce the yield and quality of plant stock if left untreated. However with incorrect management there is potential for fungicide resistance to develop. In this month's Nursery Paper Industry Development Officer David Reid investigates fungicide resistance and explores suitable methods for controlling this.
NGIA Nursery Paper October 2012
Reducing the Pest Risk – Industry’s Policy Position on Biosecurity and Quarantine
NGIA Nursery Paper September 2012
Cylindrocladium diseases of nursery plants
Various species of the fungus Cylindrocladium cause a wide range of destructive diseases in nursery plants and are particularly prevalent in more tropical areas. Cylindrocladium scoparium occurs worldwide, and is the most commonly reported causal agent of Cylindrocladium diseases in Australia, although a number of other species are also important pathogens including Cylindrocladium spathiphylli.
This nursery paper was prepared by Lindy Coates, Leif Forsberg and Tony Cooke (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Queensland) as part of levy funded project NY11001 Plant health, biosecurity, risk management and capacity building for the nursery industry. It provides an overview of the fungus Cylindrocladium and how to prevent and control this disease of nursery plants.
NGIA Nursery Paper August 2012
How to Minimise the Effects of Carbon Pricing on Nursery Production Systems
On July 1 2012, the new carbon price policy – Clean Energy Future – was introduced by the Australian Government. While the nursery industry will not be directly involved in the carbon price mechanism, it is expected that the carbon price will result in cost increases for key agricultural inputs with the most significant costs relating to energy and energy intensive inputs such as fertilisers, chemicals and machinery .
NGIA Nursery Paper July 2012
A pest concern for Production Nurseries that reinforces the need for IPM in your business
Over the past few years many new varieties of plant species have been developed and sold widely within the nursery industry of Australia.
Subsequently, as plant stocks increase within production nurseries and variations in local climatic conditions have their effect on insects and pests in and around crops, different issues are raised regarding identification and treatment of unusual pest problems that generally do not require treatment!
In this months Nursery Paper IDO Grant Dalwood looks at the impacts of Midge Flies on the nursery industry and suitable methods for their control.
NGIA Nursery Paper June 2012
Mitigating Extreme Summer Temperatures with Vegetation
Recently, Dr Dong Chen and the team from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and NGIA modelled the potential benefit of vegetation in reducing extreme summer temperatures in Melbourne CBD under different climate scenarios. Results showed that the cooling benefit of various urban forms and vegetation schemes may be in the range of 0.3°C to 2°C. The team also found that although Melbourne is projected to be warmer in 2050 and 2090, the relative benefit of urban vegetation will not change significantly. In this Nursery Paper, Dr Dong Chen details the rationale to this research and the results to date.
NGIA Nursery Paper May 2012
Do herbicides applied in production nurseries have the potential to leach and accumulate in water storages?
The use of pesticides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) are an integral part of containerised plant production. They are used to assist nursery managers in maintaining a clean, healthy growing environment, while reducing labour to manage pests and weeds. In this Nursery Paper, NGINA Industry Development Officer Michael Danelon summarises the findings of a research project looking into “Herbicide residues in nursery dam water: A pilot monitoring program report” conducted by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) Queensland.
NGIA Nursery Paper April 2012
The Nursery Production Plant Health & Biosecurity Project
The Nursery Production Plant Health & Biosecurity Project covers a number of disciplines including research, industry development and extension in partnership with Agri-Science Queensland. The project is aimed at enhancing and strengthening the capacity of industry to plan, manage and respond to plant pest issues across Australia at both a farm and strategic national level. In this Nursery Paper, NGIQ Industry Development Manager John McDonald, provides a summary of this significant industry levy funded project.
NGIA Nursery Paper March 2012
Taking our strategy to the next phase - More Trees Please to Improve your Plant/Life Balance.
In 2011 the Australian nursery & garden industry launched its new marketing strategy titled Improve Your Plant/Life Balance. This strategy was designed to meet objectives within the industry’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015.
The first phase was launched with the campaign, ‘Put a Plant on Your Desk’, and was judged an outstanding success. In 2012 the Australian nursery & garden industry takes the strategy to its next level with a campaign called ‘More Trees Please’, which has been developed in conjunction with an industry consultative panel.
This Nursery Paper outlines the objectives of this campaign, its key elements and the range of activities which will be implemented throughout the year. Importantly, this campaign will build upon the work already done to engage with target audiences through established social media networks.
NGIA Nursery Paper February 2012
Managing Plant Pathogens in Recycled Irrigation Water
A researcher from the University of Melbourne has reviewed the scientific literature related to managing plant pathogens in recycled irrigation water. Plant pathogens present in the irrigation system of commercial plant nurseries and greenhouses constitute a disease risk to plants, and the continual recycling of this water can exacerbate this risk. Plant pathogens in recycled irrigation water can be managed by treatment methods from four broad categories: cultural, physical, chemical and biological. An integrated approach using one or more techniques from each category is likely to be the most effective strategy in combating plant pathogens in recycled irrigation water. This Nursery Paper compiles this information to enable growers to compare treatments and consider the best strategy for their enterprise.
NGIA Nursery Paper December 2011
Does plant diversity in biofilters affect stormwater runoff quality and quantity? Prudence Hucker and Claire Farrell (The University of Melbourne)
This nursery paper reports on the outcomes of a research trial that examined the effects of increased plant diversity (number of species) on the quality and volume of runoff from biofilters. Biofilters are small plantings incorporated into streetscapes and are used to remove pollutants such
as metals, nutrients and sediments from stormwater. The purpose of the trial was to investigate whether biofilters with increased plant diversity, especially those which include monocots will be most effective at reducing stormwater volume and improving quality. This research was undertaken
at The University of Melbourne by Prudence Hucker as part of her Honours degree in Natural Resource Management. Her research was supervised by Dr Claire Farrell and was made possible by direct funding from NGIA through the Nursery Industry Research & Development Levy.
NGIA Nursery Paper November 2011
The Effect of Biochar Amended Growing Media on Plant Nutrition and Growth
Over the past few years, there has been growing interest in using biochar as soil amendments to improve and maintain soil fertility and to increase soil carbon sequestration. Unfortunately, most of this research has failed to investigate whether biochar behaves similarly when incorporated in growing media. In this NurserPaper NGIA Environmental & Technical Policy Manager, Dr Anthony Kachenko summarises preliminary research undertaken by Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) to assess the effect of biochar.....
NGIA Nursery Paper October 2011
Estimating the benefits of Australian Street Trees using i-Tree Stratum - A Pilot Study
NGIA Nursery Paper September 2011
Sampling for Analysis
Analysing plant tissue, soil, growing media, water and hydroponic solutions produces numerous benefits to the grower: a proven process to achieve much healthier and stronger crop growth with higher yields and added disease resistance; production becomes more efficient as growth improves due to less plant stress and less disease control measures; and minimised crop loss. The key to effective analysis is timing and knowing how .....
NGIA Nursery Paper August 2011
Managing Myrtle Rust in Australia
Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii) has the potential to infect all myrtaceous plants within our built (gardens & landscape), rural and natural environments along the coastline of Australia. Under threat from this disease, if it becomes widely established, are a number of identified threatened native plant species across Australia plus a range of endangered wildlife habitat(s) that could have a major impact on our natural biodiversity. Queensland Industry Development Manager John McDonald details in this Nursery Paper how to recognise and manage myrtle rust in Australia.
NGIA Nursery Paper June 2011
The Role of Collaboration in Building a Sustainable Nursery Industry
This Nursery Paper looks at the changing landscape of commercial business where relationships are the corner stone of success. It has been found that the impact of collaborative relationships on business can be twice as significant as a company’s aggressiveness in pursuing new market opportunities and five times as significant as the external market environment (Microsoft News Centre, 2006). First delving into cross sector partnerships with community outcomes in mind, we will then digress to the benefits of businesses working with each other within the industry. This culminates in the form of Business to Consumer (B2C) collaboration, where the economic model of comparative advantage plays a key role in establishing a more sustainable industry.