agronomy and horticulture

Agronomy covers the science and technologies involved in cultivation of plants for sustainable agricultural systems; crop production and pastures. Horticulture covers the production of fruit, vegetable, nursery and floriculture crops in extensive (field) and intensive production systems (greenhouses). Studies in this field underpin not only rural industries but also enhanced food security, human health and general economic development while conserving the natural environment.

Why study agronomy and horticulture?

Want to understand how plant growth and production systems can be managed; gain excellent technical, diagnostic and problem solving skills; work with plants outdoors, in the office or perhaps a research centre? Then this program is for you.

Eastern Downs crop trials

Plant major graduates will find employment in:

  • Technical or policy roles in government and industry
  • Management of a rural enterprise; cropping, fruit or vegetable production
  • Plant nursery, turf and floriculture production
  • Business management, banking, finance and insurance
  • Research and development
  • Teaching (on completion of a Graduate Diploma in Education)

The School offers students the following study options:

Agronomy and Horticultural research being undertaken within the School includes:

  • Control of woody weeds with fungal pathogens
  • Flowering physiology of Australian native species
  • Application of biotechnology to crop improvement
  • Plant propagation and tissue culture
  • Development of crop disease forecasting systems
  • Use of botanical pesticides in cropping systems
  • Application of Biochar to improve soil quality
  • Management of soil biocrusts in pastoral systems and for land reclamation

Research Outcomes and Resources:

Project title:
Breeding drought tolerance for rainfed lowland rice in the Mekong region
Asia; Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Australia
The project was Generation Challenge Programme(GCP) project number: G3008.09

School academics in this field:

Key research collaborators with the School include:

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