Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Sudden oak death 0.00 KB 4 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 26 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 7 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 5 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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Water Weed Management 0.00 KB 6 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 17 downloads

In 2013 NGIA commissioned a project to investigate statistically valid systems and...
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Nematodes in nurseries 0.00 KB 4 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 15 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 10 downloads

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

Production & Management

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Continual Improvement through Best Management Practice 0.00 KB 8 downloads

One of the more enjoyable aspects of my role with NGIQ is visiting production nurseries,...
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Best Management Practices 0.00 KB 23 downloads

One of the more enjoyable aspects of my new role with NGIQ is visiting production...
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Promoting Sustainable Nursery Production 0.00 KB 10 downloads

The NGIQ has been an active member of the Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) for...
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NATURE CONSERVATION ACT 1992 2001 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSERY INDUSTRY 0.00 KB 8 downloads

To grow and sell Australian native plants (Protected Plants) in Queensland it is...
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Frost and freezing 0.00 KB 9 downloads

As winter continues to role on the ever present threat of frost hangs over production...
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Growing Media & Water Testing 0.00 KB 14 downloads

Two of the most important inputs in plant production are the growing media and the...

Water & Irrigation

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Maintenance of Drip Irrigation Systems 745.42 KB 4 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 4 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 9 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 14 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 14 downloads

Filtration is vitally important in the operation of all sprinkler and dripper systems,...
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Introduction to Fertigation 744.56 KB 10 downloads

Fertigation is the application of dissolved fertilisers to nursery crops through...
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Improving Irrigation Energy Efficiency 506.68 KB 11 downloads

Nursery irrigation systems are often overlooked as major users of electricity. A...
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Drip Irrigation Design & Management 745.42 KB 19 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 21 downloads

Improving the scheduling of an efficient irrigation system provides the best opportunity...
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Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study 0.00 KB 19 downloads

This video describes how using a biological water clarifier was used to improve water...

Growing Media

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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB 35 downloads

pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used...
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Coir Video 0.00 KB 27 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 121 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 63 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 66 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 32 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 90 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 43 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 112 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 52 downloads

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

Case Studies

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Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study 0.00 KB 19 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 7 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 14 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 7 downloads

Spring Creek Seedlings, a seedling production nursery supplying local vegetable growers,...
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Recycling Benefits 0.00 KB 5 downloads

Benaraby Junction Nursery, located near Gladstone, is a production nursery supplying...
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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool 0.00 KB 10 downloads

The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool (PWBST) has been developed under...
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Nursery Production 0.00 KB 11 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 14 downloads

Wallum Nursery is a wholesale Australian native plant nursery, specialising...
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Irrigation Upgrade 0.00 KB 6 downloads

Carbrook Nursery is situated on 4.4 hectares of land at Fischer Road at...
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Irrigation Scheduling 0.00 KB 6 downloads

Birdwood Nursery is located in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Woombye...

Fact Sheets

    Videos

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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 2 (Listen off-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

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    Big Leaf Nursery Podcast Part 1 - Listen off-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 the first of two podcasts 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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    Big Leaf Nursery Podcast Part 1 - 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 the first of two podcasts Kieran shares his experiences with moving the nursery to another site, and the improvements that have been made in irrigation and production efficiency.

     

    https://www.ngiq.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/Big-Leaf-Wholesale-Nursery-Part-1.mp3

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    Portable Weight Based Scheduling Unit’

    Improving the scheduling of an efficient irrigation system provides the best opportunity to achieve savings in total water use without adversely affecting plant growth. Historically growers have selected run times for an irrigation zone or block using their experience. The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool has been developed to enable the changes in water content occurring within a container to be seen by recording the weight of the container. This information can then be presented in a form where the changes in moisture in the growing media can be displayed on a graph.

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    Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study

    This video describes how using a biological water clarifier was used to improve water quality in a nursery water storage. The storage contained increasing levels of algae, plankton and surface floating weeds, leading to costly management and maintenance activities, crop production issues and an unpleasant odour. Ten weeks into the treatment, the water turbidity had significantly improved, algal blooms had disappeared, and the previous unpleasant odour was no longer evident.

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    Managing Water Storages Water Quality

    The effective management of water quality in storages needs to be flexible, and quickly react to changes in water quality. This video explains strategies that can employed in managing water quality in water storages.

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    Irrigation Scheduling in Containerised Nursery Production

    The management of irrigation in a production nursery directly affects plant growth and profitability. Excessive irrigation can waste water, energy and labour, can leach nutrients, and reduce growing media aeration. Insufficient irrigation can stress the crop, affecting plant quality and reducing crop uniformity. Irrigation scheduling refers to how long, how often and when an irrigation system is operated to replenish the amount of water lost from a container since the last irrigation event.