Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. This fact sheet provides an estimate of the power required for … Continued
Light Brown Applemoth cause for concern

Light Brown Applemoth cause for concern

The Light BrownAppleMoth (Epiphyas postvittana, often abbreviated to LBAM) is a leafroller moth belonging to the lepidopteran family Tortricidae. The insect is regarded as an herbivorous generalist, and the larvae can consume horticultural crops inAustralia and New Zealand. Dr Kevin … Continued
The story behind creating a great red

The story behind creating a great red

Undoubtedly the one of the most successful native flower crops of recent times has been the Albery’s Red selection of New SouthWales Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gummiferum. This superior form of Christmas Bush has found many fans among florists, consumers, growers … 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
New ideas from cut flower trials

New ideas from cut flower trials

The spotlight was on new and experimental varieties across 14 species at the recent cut flower trials held at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Redland Research Station at Cleveland in Queensland. The trials were hosted by family-owned wholesale … Continued
Wildflower post harvest permit approved

Wildflower post harvest permit approved

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently approved a minor use permit (PER9213) to allow the use of deltamethrin and iprodione as a post-harvest dip to disinfest wildflowers before shipping. This is a renewal of an existing permit … Continued