Since only female kiwifruit produce fruit, horticulturists have been looking for ways to find out whether their plant babies are boys or girls – but usually this relies on waiting for them to grow up.
Australian research into sterile insect technology has been strengthened through a $10 million collaborative project managed by Hort Innovation, with significant cash contributions by Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Government of South Australia.
QUT has partnered with Hort Innovation under the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) to advance the use of next-generation genetic sequencing technologies, giving Australia’s horticulture sector a competitive boost through faster access to new plant stock.
A recent analysis of Australian agricultural industries has put horticulture at the forefront in value and sustainable practices.
Research at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) is arming grapegrowers and winemakers with increased knowledge about how bunch rot can impact a final wine – and how much is too much.
A national research initiative designed to educate and encourage children to eat more vegetables aims to increase their daily intake of fresh produce by more than half a serving per day.
Northern Tasmania was officially reinstated as a Pest Free Area, opening the door to domestic trade.
The National Fruit Fly Council welcomes the announcement of further investment to strengthen the fruit fly management system.
Vertical farming – where food is grown indoors in high stacks – will not replace traditional fruit and vegetable growing in New Zealand, but it may supplement it in future if technology makes it economically viable, research released finds.
New Zealand’s booming apple and pear industry is already promising great career opportunities for the first graduates of a new stand-alone Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture.