Maroochy Research Facility

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Pineapple from Maroochy Reseach Centre

The 64ha facility located on the outskirts of Nambour provides research and extension in subtropical and tropical horticulture across a range of species and commodities. The facility provides tailored research solutions to assist clients in reaching their targets, whether they are commercial, environmental or social.

Website https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/research/stations-facilities/maroochy-research-facility

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Development/improvement of new Banana varieties using tissue culture
  • Access to improved banana cultivars via quarantine and in vitro collection
  • Evaluation of macadamia germplasm and varietal development
  • Development of clean plant schemes for Biosecurity best practice
  • Evaluation of diverse annona germplasm collection (Custard Apples)
  • Evaluation of diverse collection of diospyros kaki (persimmon) germplasm
  • Breeding low chill, high quality stonefruit varieties
  • Breeding improved strawberry varieties for summer and winter production
  • Improved production using beneficial micro-organisms
  • Evaluation of pineapple germplasm and varietal development

Facilities and major equipment

  • 64ha of sloping terrain with predominantly sandy loam soils
  • On site administration buildings and conference room
  • Research laboratories including PC2 and Quarantine facilities
  • Glasshouses, misthouses, controlled environment rooms and cold rooms
  • Plant and equipment to support support activity
  • Sheds including mechanical workshop, chemical stores, machinery stores

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff

Address

47 Mayers Road, Nambour, 4560

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Agency
  • Queensland Government – Partner

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