Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB 84 downloads

Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery...
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Sudden oak death 0.00 KB 22 downloads

This contingency plan provides background information on the pest biology and available...
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Soilborne root pathogens in production nurseries 0.00 KB 72 downloads

The purpose of this paper is to provide information on destructive soilborne fungal...
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Managing silverleaf whitefly in production nurseries 0.00 KB 33 downloads

Background and general biology In general, adult whiteflies are small (about 1 mm...
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Cylindrocladium diseases of nursery plants 0.00 KB 23 downloads

Various species of the fungus Cylindrocladium cause a wide range of destructive diseases...
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Water Weed Management 0.00 KB 21 downloads

Aquatic plants perform a number of beneficial functions in aquatic systems. They...
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Nursery Production Pest Monitoring, Inspection and Surveillance Methodology 0.00 KB 53 downloads

In 2013 NGIA commissioned a project to investigate statistically valid systems and...
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Nematodes in nurseries 0.00 KB 25 downloads

Nematodes are a diverse group of microscopic, non-segmented round worms that are...
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Myrtle Rust (Uredo rangelii) Management Plan 0.00 KB 44 downloads

Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii) has the potential to infect all myrtaceous plants in...
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Herbivorous mites A pest management plan for production nurseries 0.00 KB 31 downloads

The purpose of this pest management plan is to provide production nurseries with...

Production & Management

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Growing Bench Design and Installation 315.98 KB 34 downloads

Constructing production nursery growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged...
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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 33 downloads

This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF...
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Energy Savers Webinar 0.00 KB 31 downloads

This webinar is part of the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded...
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Growing Bed Design and Installation 451.55 KB 58 downloads

Constructing production growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under...
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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB 84 downloads

Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery...
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Understanding and Managing Power Factor 525.09 KB 22 downloads

Power factor is the way electricity providers measure how efficiently electricity...
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BMP Growing Benches 0.00 KB 59 downloads

Constructing growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under the...
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BMP Growing Beds 0.00 KB 48 downloads

Constructing growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery...
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Production Potting 0.00 KB 84 downloads

The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations....
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Work Flow Efficiency 0.00 KB 51 downloads

To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production...

Water & Irrigation

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Drip Irrigation Layouts & Management 0.00 KB 14 downloads

Drip irrigation is an efficient method of applying water in containerised nursery...
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Management of Nursery Water Storages 1.69 MB 7 downloads

Maintaining the best possible water quality in a nursery water storage is essential...
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Designing Nursery Pumping Systems 758.96 KB 7 downloads

Nursery irrigation practices are energy intensive, requiring significant volumes...
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Installing, Operating and Assessing Nursery Pumping Systems 722.97 KB 8 downloads

Paying attention to the correct installation, operation and maintenance of a new...
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Queensland Water Act - 2021 2.62 MB 5 downloads

The availability of good quality irrigation water in sufficient quantities is necessary...
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Water Quality Testing in Production Nurseries 814.25 KB 6 downloads

Due to the large variations likely to be encountered in surface, underground or drainage...
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BioRemedy Water Quality Management Videos 0.00 KB 9 downloads

Effective management of water quality in nursery water storages is essential in providing...
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Water Retention 1.23 MB 13 downloads

‘Water retention efficiency’ is the capacity of a potting mix to retain water...
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Irrigation Systems in Action Field Day 2021 Handout 363.02 KB 18 downloads

There are a number of different irrigation system types used in production nurseries....
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Disinfestation of Irrigation Water 678.31 KB 28 downloads

Production nurseries require a water supply that is reliable, low cost and of excellent...

Growing Media

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Growing Media for Container Production 1.23 MB 123 downloads

An understanding of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of a growing...
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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB 130 downloads

pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used...
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Coir Video 0.00 KB 114 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 449 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 277 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 265 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 132 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 253 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 121 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 319 downloads

Air filled porosity (AFP), water holding capacity (WHC), bulk density, shrinkage,...

Case Studies

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Shamrock Plants: Improving Nursery Production Efficiency 6.54 MB 5 downloads

Shamrock Plants is located at Carbrook in Brisbane's southern suburbs, with the business...
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Kingfisher Wholesale Nursery Best Management Practice Growing Area Construction 3.61 MB 4 downloads

Kingfisher Wholesale Nursery is located at Clagiraba in the Gold Coast hinterland,...
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Australis Plants: Improving Water & Pumping Efficiency 5.09 MB 1 downloads

Australis Plants is owned and operated by Greg O’Sullivan, and specializes in olive...
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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 33 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 16 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 46 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 22 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 27 downloads

Ibrox Park Nursery is located at Burbank in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, and...
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Recycling Benefits 0.00 KB 16 downloads

Benaraby Junction Nursery, located near Gladstone, is a production nursery supplying...
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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool 0.00 KB 18 downloads

The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool (PWBST) has been developed under...

Fact Sheets

    Videos Podcasts & Webinars

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    NGIQ Video

    The NGIQ YouTube channel contains videos on a wide range of topics related to nursery production.

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    Manual Handling
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    Drip Irrigation Layouts & Management

    Drip irrigation is an efficient method of applying water in containerised nursery production, but the number of arrows per container, Mean Application Rate and pulsing need to be considered in designing and managing these systems.

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    Golden Grove Pty Ltd Podcast – listen on-line

    In this podcast Wayne Parr from Golden Grove Nursery talks about the history of Golden Grove Nursery, how they have changed and improved their irrigation system over the years, and what their future plans are, particularly around water use efficiency.        

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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.

     

     

     

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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.