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Greenworld – Spring 2016

News

Briefings

Chinese cut flower market booms

In recent years, the consumption of flowers has

become a fashionable lifestyle spend among

China’s Millennials. The output of China’s

flower industry has been growing by 20 per cent

annually. According to a research from Chi-

naIRN.com

, consumption of flowers in China

will reach $28.7 billion (146.5 billion RMB) by

the end of 2020.

Powdery mildew resistant barley

Researchers from the Centre for Crop

and Disease Management (CCDM) have

discovered a genetic solution for Australian

barley growers against powdery mildew

disease, potentially saving the industry

millions of dollars. Direct losses and control

costs can set growers back by up to $100

million per year. Published in

Nature Scientific

Reports

, lead researcher Dr Simon Ellwood and

his team at the CCDM – which is co-funded

by Curtin University and the Grains Research

and Development Corporation (GRDC) –

have for the first time found a gene within an

Ethiopian barley landrace that is resistant to

all forms of powdery mildew, without affecting

yield. Dr Ellwood said his team was now

bulking up the seed for breeding companies to

ensure the resistance could be included in new

barley varieties.

Turf statistics wanted

Hort Innovation is seeking a suitably qualified,

experienced and capable service provider

to complete research into the turf industry

statistics and research 2016/17. It is hoped that

up-to-date statistics for this industry sector will

facilitate industry strategic planning, resource

prioritisation and means to evaluate R&D

program performance.

Natural doses

A recent study involving 1538 people living in

Brisbane has found that spending 30 minutes

in green space each week reduces city dwellers’

chances of developing depression and high

blood pressure. "We've known for a long time

that visiting parks is good for our health, but

we are now beginning to establish exactly how

much time we need to spend in parks to gain

these benefits," says Dr Richard Fuller, one of

the study's co-authors. Reductions of seven per

cent for depression and nine per cent for high

blood pressure were measured. The study was

published in

NatureResearch

in June.

Gardenettes debut on YouTube

Garden personalities Melissa King and Chloe

Thomson have teamed up with MasterChef cook

Dani Venn to produce a fun YouTube gardening

show called

The Gardenettes

. The show has a cute

1940s retro feel (the girls' attire includes head

scarves, classic kiss curls and floral dresses) but, say

Melissa and Chloe, each segment is very much up

to date with its advice and concerns.

Each episode is under 10 minutes long and

features the girls working in everyday gardens, big

and small, and their own home-style kitchens. The

show is aimed particularly at the new generation

of gardeners. The show is sponsored by Oasis

Horticulture, Organic Crop Protectants, Seasol

International, Cyclone Tools, Nylex and Northcote

Pottery. Chloe says sponsors’ products will be

featured during segments rather than promoted

in an advertorial fashion. They describe the stories

as short and sharp and plan plenty of inspiring

projects and lots of simple take- home ideas. Topics

include ‘Potted Style’ (ideas and inspiration),

‘Garden Pantry’ (homegrown and hand-picked

fruit, vegies, herbs and berries), ‘What’s Bugging

You?’ (pest and disease problem solver), ‘Cutting

Garden’ (flowers for your garden and the vase),

‘Let’s Talk Dirty’ (from the ground up gardening)

and ‘Feast from the Garden’ (seasonal recipes).

With four episodes already complete the first

program airs on September 14 on The Gardenettes’

website

(www.thegardenettes.com.au

), Facebook

page and YouTube channel with a new program

uploaded every fortnight.

Industry gets together in Sydney

Independent Garden Centres’ Spotlight evening in

early August was at Honeysuckle Garden Centre in

Mosman. More than 120 garden centres, suppliers

and media figures attended. Leigh Siebler, who

represented Garden Centres Australia at the party

said it was an excellent networking and catch-up

opportunity and the largest garden centre event in

New South Wales for some years.

“This award-winning centre has been open less

than 12 months and it looked superb,” Leigh

added. “Well done everyone and in particular to

Peter, Tom and Jack Thorburn and staff along with

Evan Mueller, IGC’s General Manager, who was a

driving force.”

More Spotlight events are planned for New

South Wales says Evan Meuller, who adds

IGC is keen to foster strong links within the

nursery industry.

Horticulture symposium in Cairns

The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) has

arranged a thought-provoking symposium as part

of the 2016 International Symposia on Tropical

and Temperate Horticulture, which is being held in

Cairns on November 20−25.

With a theme of the ‘Mechanics of Urban

Greening’, the AIH Symposium runs over two days

from November 23−24 and features 17 speakers

from across Australia.

Day one begins with a panel discussion lead

by media personality Don Burke OAM RH

titled ‘Food Bowl or Dust Bowl’. Other topics

canvassed include ‘Planning City Eco Systems’

with Patrick Regnault RH, ‘Research Informing

Design – Contrasting Green Roof Performance’

(John Rayner, Head of Horticulture at Burnley

Campus of Melbourne University) and ‘Soil

Design for Urban Greening (Simon Leake). Tim

Edmondson RH examines the role of aquifers

for harvesting water run-off to use to irrigate the

urban oasis while KimMorris RH, who is also the

symposium’s convenor, will discuss the need to

devise an index to measure the maintenance needs

of a landscape.

Day two continues to examine urban greening

with discussion of influencing governments

(Neville Passmore RH), ‘Biophilic Architecture’

(Dr Jana Soderlund), the roles of nature and

nurture in urban greening (Glenice Bachelor

RH), photosynthesis (Andrew Price RH) and

trees conservation (Nicholas Rivett RH). There

will also be project studies including ‘The

Jurassica Project’ (Matt Mitchley RH), the ‘First

Indigenous Kakadu Plum Plantation’ (Kim

Courtenay) and ‘War Graves in Perpetuity’

(Andrew Prowse RH and Kim Morris RH).

The two-day symposium concludes with the AIH

National Awards and Gala Dinner.

To view the complete symposia program see

www.istth2016.org

. For more details of the awards,

see page 23 and for more information on the AIH

symposium and gala dinner, see page 43.

Revellers at the IGC get together at Honeysuckle Garden Centre

in Mosman included (left to right, front row) Peter Thorburn, Judy

Horton, Libby Cameron, Graham Ross and Sandra Ross. Behind are

Kent Ross and Rob Horton.