Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB downloads

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

Background and general biology In general, adult whiteflies are small (about 1 mm...
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Designing an Efficient Pumping System 0.00 KB 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 downloads

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

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

Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii) has the potential to infect all myrtaceous plants in...

Production & Management

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

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

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

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

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

To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production...
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Weed Management 0.00 KB downloads

Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts....

Water & Irrigation

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Improving Pumping System Energy Efficiency 403.99 KB downloads

Energy and maintenance costs in pumping systems can account for 50-95% of total lifetime...
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Maintenance of Drip Irrigation Systems 745.42 KB downloads

A well designed and operated drip irrigation system can provide high water use efficiencies....
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Maintenance of Drip Irrigation Systems 0.00 KB downloads

A well designed and operated drip irrigation system can provide high water use efficiencies....
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Maintaining Drainage Systems 862.57 KB downloads

Drainage systems in nurseries are required to carry highly variable water flows on...
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iSpace Sprinkler Selection Tool 1.06 MB downloads

The iSPACE sprinkler selection tool allows the user to input details of their irrigation...
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Introduction to Filtration 633.51 KB downloads

Filtration is vitally important in the operation of all sprinkler and dripper systems,...
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Introduction to Fertigation 744.56 KB downloads

Fertigation is the application of dissolved fertilisers to nursery crops through...
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Improving Irrigation Energy Efficiency 506.68 KB downloads

Nursery irrigation systems are often overlooked as major users of electricity. A...
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Drip Irrigation Design & Management 745.42 KB downloads

Drip irrigation has the potential to achieve significant water savings and improve...
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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Unit’ 0.00 KB downloads

Improving the scheduling of an efficient irrigation system provides the best opportunity...

Growing Media

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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB downloads

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheets

    Videos Podcasts & Webinars

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    Waterworth's Nursery Podcast Listen Off-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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    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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    Flourish Plants Podcast - Listen off 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.

     

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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.