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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Understanding and Managing Power Factor 525.09 KB 4 downloads

Power factor is the way electricity providers measure how efficiently electricity...
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BMP Growing Benches 0.00 KB 25 downloads

Constructing growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under the...
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BMP Growing Beds 0.00 KB 18 downloads

Constructing growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery...
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Production Potting 0.00 KB 28 downloads

The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations....
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Work Flow Efficiency 0.00 KB 16 downloads

To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production...
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Weed Management 0.00 KB 17 downloads

Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts....
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Reading electricity meters 0.00 KB 4 downloads

While electricity meters are read regularly by energy providers, a knowledge of how...
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Energy Plans 0.00 KB 6 downloads

While energy efficiency in pumping systems is an important component in reducing...
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Windbreaks 0.00 KB 8 downloads

Reducing the impact of wind Few people involved in the nursery industry would...
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Property Planning 0.00 KB 8 downloads

The production of top quality container plants is dependent on the supply of a number...

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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    Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing

    Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held within a growing media is referred to as Air filled porosity or AFP . Testing procedures for AFP aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with simple equipment built from readily available materials and a little bit of time. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site air filled porosity test on growing media.

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    Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing

    Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of your growing media can help you manage irrigation scheduling more effectively and ensure plants have adequate moisture. 

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    Growing Media pH and EC Testing

    Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you to grow better and more consistent crops. Testing procedures aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site pH and electrical conductivity

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    Growing Media Wettability Testing

    The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out is critical to the growth of plants and the ability of the media to become wet again. This is known as wettability. Testing for wettability isn't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with some basic equipment

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    Best Management Practice Irrigation Layouts

    An efficient irrigation system is designed to deliver the appropriate volume of water evenly, to meet all plant needs and in the time available.The irrigation system should apply water evenly across the cropping area, apply the correct volume of water often enough to meet plant demands and apply

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    Conducting a Catch Can Assessment

    An efficient irrigation system operating to industry best practice provides an opportunity to obtain real operational and economic benefits.

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    Water Testing

    Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your irrigation and drainage water can help you to grow better and more consistent crops. Testing procedures aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site pH and electrical