Industry builds closer ties with University of Queensland following recent visit

Anthony Kachenko, Christine Blanchard, Neil Mckenzie and John McDOanld (Left to Right)

Dr Anthony Kachenko, Ms Christine Blanchard, Professor Neal Menzies and Mr John McDOanld (Left to Right).

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia’s (NGIA’s) Anthony Kachenko and Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland’s (NGIQ’s) John McDonald recently visited University of Queensland St Lucia and Gatton campuses. The purpose of the visit was to meet with researchers and visit facilities in the interest of forming closer collaborative links with the University. The visit was organised by Dr Jitka Kochanek, Research Fellow – Horticultural Science and Plant Physiology. Christine Blanchard, Project Manager, Waste Services, Field Services Group, Brisbane City Council was also in attendance.

During the visit at St Lucia campus, Dr Kochanek provided an overview of her current research into the effect of organic waste and biochar on plant development which is funded through Brisbane City Council and Horticulture Australia Limited.  Early results from her research show promise, with further research underway. Dr Kachenko and Mr McDonald received presentations from other researchers interested in working with the nursery industry on issues such as rapid diagnostics for plant pathogens and Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) to benefit root architecture.

At Gatton, Dr Kachenko and Mr McDonald visited nursery facilities and met researchers working on biological control of weeds and tree form and function. During this visit, a meeting with Professor Neal Menzies, Head of School and Dean of Agriculture was also arranged to discuss future synergies (see image attached).

This visit paves the way for stronger research synergies with University of Queensland to address future industry challenges.

Feel free to contact Anthony Kachenko for further information.