Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Herbivorous mites A pest management plan for production nurseries 0.00 KB 24 downloads

The purpose of this pest management plan is to provide production nurseries with...
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Mealybugs A pest of a different scale 0.00 KB 27 downloads

Mealybugs are a specific type of scale insect from the family Pseudococcidae. They...
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Citrus longicorn beetle 0.00 KB 13 downloads

This contingency plan provides background information on the pest biology and available...
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Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos spp.): Ink disease 0.00 KB 60 downloads

The plant genus Anigozanthos consists of 11 different species which are endemic to...
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Designing an Efficient Pumping System 0.00 KB 3 downloads

When considering options for improving pump efficiency, the option of designing a...
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Cylindrocladium diseases of nursery plants 0.00 KB 6 downloads

Various species of the fungus Cylindrocladium cause a wide range of destructive diseases...
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Cycad Blue Butterfly A pretty name for an ugly problem 0.00 KB 11 downloads

Cycad blue butterfly, Theclinesthes onycha, is actually represented by two sub-species...
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A Changing & Variable Climate 0.00 KB 2 downloads

The Australian nursery and garden industry has a lead role to play in managing...
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The Australian Nursery & Garden Industry’s Policy Position on Climate Change and Variability Reducing the Pest Risk 0.00 KB 10 downloads

The industry is a significant user of post entry quarantine (PEQ) and ‘approved...
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Biosecurity – what is it and what does it mean to the nursery and garden industry? 0.00 KB 19 downloads

The Nursery and Garden Industry grows and supplies a vast range of plants to many different...

Production & Management

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Reading electricity meters 0.00 KB 10 downloads

While electricity meters are read regularly by energy providers, a knowledge of how...
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Energy Plans 0.00 KB 9 downloads

While energy efficiency in pumping systems is an important component in reducing...
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Windbreaks 0.00 KB 14 downloads

Reducing the impact of wind Few people involved in the nursery industry would...
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Property Planning 0.00 KB 18 downloads

The production of top quality container plants is dependent on the supply of a number...
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Potting Labour 0.00 KB 25 downloads

Research into the labour costs associated with the potting process, funded by the...
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Plant Labelling 0.00 KB 19 downloads

The Nursery and Garden Industry supply plants to a wide range of sectors ranging from:...
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Hygiene in plant propagation 0.00 KB 23 downloads

Many production nurseries fail to regularly review hygiene standards and as...
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What is NIASA and how can it benefit you? 0.00 KB 12 downloads

Just like many businesses in Australia, the nursery and garden industry has to deal with...
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NIASA Benefits 0.00 KB 8 downloads

What advantages are there in becoming a Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme of...
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Mycorrhizal and trichodermal associations in nursery plant production 0.00 KB 16 downloads

The beneficial interactions between fungi and plants roots are called mycorrhizal associations....

Water & Irrigation

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Waterwork Nursery Irrigation System Design Webinar 16.00 KB 0 downloads

Efficient irrigation systems deliver real economic benefits to a nursery. The aim...
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NGIQ Dripper & Spray Stake Selection Tool 51.33 KB 26 downloads

This tool calculates the Mean Application Rate (MAR) and appropriateness of a drip...
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Fertigation in Production Nurseries 838.79 KB 6 downloads

Description: Fertigation is the application of dissolved fertilisers through an irrigation...
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Bottom Watering Irrigation Systems 1.32 MB 4 downloads

Bottom watering systems are the most water efficient method of nursery irrigation....
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Australis Plants: Improving Water & Pumping Efficiency 5.08 MB 2 downloads

Australis Plants is owned and operated by Greg O’Sullivan, and specializes in olive...
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Waterwork Irrigation Scheduling Webinar 0.00 KB 22 downloads

In this webinar you’ll learn about: plant water use, the link between nutrient...
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Introduction to Bottom Watering Irrigation Systems 729.99 KB 12 downloads

Bottom watering systems work on the principle that water will move upward through...
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iPLANT Plant Water Use Database 1.03 MB 47 downloads

This tool allows the user to develop a list of plants and their relative water use...
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Installing Irrigation Control Systems 488.03 KB 20 downloads

Once an appropriate irrigation controller has been selected, the controller and system...
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Managing Drought in Plant Nurseries Workshop 0.00 KB 13 downloads

The best time to prepare for a drought is before the event. In this workshop presentation...

Growing Media

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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB 86 downloads

pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used...
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Coir Video 0.00 KB 85 downloads

Coir, coir fibre pith or coconut fibre is a one hundred percent natural, sustainable...
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Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing 0.00 KB 348 downloads

Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing 0.00 KB 194 downloads

Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing 0.00 KB 214 downloads

Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you...
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Growing Media Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 85 downloads

The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity & Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 177 downloads

The Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of a growing media measures the amount of water...
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Water Retention Efficiency of Growing Media 0.00 KB 87 downloads

Water retention efficiency (WRE) is a measure of the ability of a growing media to...
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Growing Media Physical Properties: 0.00 KB 237 downloads

Air filled porosity (AFP), water holding capacity (WHC), bulk density, shrinkage,...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing: Method (for soil-less growing media) 0.00 KB 119 downloads

The pH measures the hydrogen ions in the growing media, while EC (electrical conductivity)...

Case Studies

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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 12 downloads

This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF...
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Mackay Natural Environment Centre Best Management Practice Sprinkler Layouts 6 MB 11 downloads

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC), located in North Mackay, is one of...
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Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study 0.00 KB 31 downloads

This video describes how using a biological water clarifier was used to improve water...
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Fitzroy Nurseries Best Management Practice Growing Area Construction 0.00 KB 14 downloads

Fitzroy Nurseries is a third generation nursery located at Pink Lilly on the Fitzroy...
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Ibrox Park Nursery Water savings from irrigation scheduling 0.00 KB 19 downloads

Ibrox Park Nursery is located at Burbank in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, and...
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Water Use Efficiency 0.00 KB 17 downloads

Spring Creek Seedlings, a seedling production nursery supplying local vegetable growers,...
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Recycling Benefits 0.00 KB 9 downloads

Benaraby Junction Nursery, located near Gladstone, is a production nursery supplying...
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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool 0.00 KB 13 downloads

The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool (PWBST) has been developed under...
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Nursery Production 0.00 KB 26 downloads

Tropical Exotics nursery is located at Ningi north of Brisbane and is owned by...
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Model for Best Practice 0.00 KB 25 downloads

Wallum Nursery is a wholesale Australian native plant nursery, specialising...

Fact Sheets

    Videos Podcasts & Webinars

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    Waterwork Nursery Irrigation System Design Webinar

    Efficient irrigation systems deliver real economic benefits to a nursery. The aim of any design is to apply enough water evenly to meet all plant needs in the time available. This webinar details the requirements for designing a nursery irrigation system to provide even water application, save money in capital and running costs, save water, and meet the management constraints necessary to run the nursery

    .https://youtu.be/gZHod7T8bU4

     

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    Waterworth's Nursery Podcast Listen On-Line

    In this podcast Josh Waterworth from Waterworth’s Nursery, situated near Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast talks about the history of Waterworth’s Nursery, their journey with upgrading their irrigation system and propagation facilities, their latest developments and future plans, particularly around water use efficiency.

     

    [audio mp3="https://www.ngiq.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/Waterworths-Nursery-Podcast.mp3"][/audio]

     

     

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    Waterwork Irrigation Scheduling Webinar

    In this webinar you’ll learn about: plant water use, the link between nutrient and water management, how plant water use varies in different nursery environments, how water is held in growing media, how to schedule irrigation systems to match plant water use, how to measure plant water use, how to measure leachate volumes.

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    Energy Savers Webinar

    This webinar is part of the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded by the Queensland Government. It presents a brief overview of the findings across the whole program, with guest host, David Hunt from NGIQ, presenting an overview of the Nursery industry and findings from recent energy audits. David further discusses in detail propagation heating system types and discusses options to increase energy efficiency while reducing the costs of heating systems

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    Managing Drought in Plant Nurseries Workshop

    The best time to prepare for a drought is before the event. In this workshop presentation we’ll give you information on some of the things you should consider when managing droughts that are affecting your business. Kerry Battersby Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) - Drought risk management - 00:01:45. Erik Schmidt Center for Agricultural Engineering (CAE) – Evaporation mitigation - 00:27:10. Ben Walsh - BioRemedy – Managing water quality in water storages - 01:08:40.

     

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    Flourish Plants Podcast Listen On-Line

    Flourish Plants are a well-known production nursery in North Queensland who produce a wide range of stock from seedlings to ornamental landscape lines. In this podcast Elaine Duncan talks about the history of Flourish Plants, their latest nursery developments and their future plans, particularly water use efficiency.

    [audio mp3="https://www.ngiq.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/Flourish-Plants-Podcast.mp3"][/audio]

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    Energy Efficiency in Nursery Pumping

    This webinar gives an insight into pump efficiency and setting up efficient pumping systems in production nurseries so you can ask appropriate questions and understand what an irrigation specialist is telling you.

     

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    Advisor Accessible Nursery Information Sources

    This webinar is the second in a two part series, showing the range of technical resources available to the Nursery Industry through advisors, and how the resources are used.

    https://youtu.be/8zqRc0TfkUA

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    Big Leaf Nursery Podcast Part 2 Listen on-line

    Big Leaf Wholesale Nurseries is located at North Arm on the Sunshine Coast, and is operated by Kieran Studders and Greg and Jackie Phillpott, with a staff of 10. In this second podcast Kieran shares his experiences with moving the nursery to another site, and the improvements that have been made in irrigation and production efficiency.

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    Grower Accessible Information Sources Webinar

    Over a period in excess of 25 years there have been a range of resources developed by the Nursery and Garden Industry that can be used to help production nurseries improve water use efficiency. Some of these resources are freely available to the industry, either as internet downloads or hard copy resources, while others are only available through industry technical officers. This webinar, the first of a two part series, will show you the range of available grower resources and how they can be accessed.

    https://youtu.be/UIL_wHjg904