Centre for Horticultural Science (CHS)

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

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The Centre for Horticultural Science delivers improvements to productivity, profitability and sustainability of horticulture industries. CHS world-class researchers drive innovation and industry adoption to increase the competitiveness of Australia’s horticultural industries globally. The Centre works closely with government, industry and growers to boost innovation, productivity and economic growth. The Centre is part of QAAFI is a unique Australian research institute, and among only a handful of similar scientific organisations anywhere in the world. It is comprised of four inter-related research centres (crop, animal, horticulture, food and nutrition) with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems. QAAFI brings together scientists from across Queensland, working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

Website https://qaafi.uq.edu.au/centre-for-horticultural-science

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Conservation and genetic improvement of horticultural crops
  • Sub-tropical and tropical fruit tree crop breeding and improvement
  • Rootstock evaluation and selection to improve productivity
  • Improving orchard production systems and fruit quality
  • Detection and identification of emerging and exotic and tropical pests and pathogens
  • Disease management in avocado, banana, citrus, macadamia.
  • Germplasm conservation and phenotyping germplasm for disease resistance
  • Nanotechnology for crop protection - BioClay platform
  • Novel plant propagation technologies
  • Genomics, gene editing and modelling for crop improvement

Facilities and major equipment

  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Cropping research facilities at Hermitage, Toowoomba and Gatton

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia, 4067

Lead researcher

  • Professor Neena Mitter—Developer of ground breaking platform technologies: BioClay crop protection, Nanovaccines for animal health, and clonal propagation of avocado using stem cells.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Queensland Government – Partner

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