NY228 - Development of a National Ornamental Crops Database and Information Centre

“GrowSearch”, a National Ornamental Crop Database and Information Centre, was launched in January 1994. It aimed to provide timely and commercially-relevant information to the Australian nursery industry and cut flower trade, with equitable and easy access to the service for all. Although Horticultural Research and Development Corporation funding was not continued after the initial 12 months, the service was renamed “GrowSearch Australia” and taken over by the Department of Primary Industries, Queensland. It continues to be one of the most successful specialist information centres for rural industry in Australia, with more than 13,500 records on the database and 215 subscribers.