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TIA’s Horticultural researchers work closely with established and emerging industries, with a focus on quality and productivity in fruit and tree crops, grape and wine, berries, industrial and extractive crops, and vegetables.  Our post-graduate students are a critical part of our research program.

We have exceptional staff who deliver high quality undergraduate horticultural units into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor degrees, with a focus on increasing learning outcomes for students.

We have adapted the way we deliver our teaching and learning priorities with the development of alternative learning pathways, such as the Masterclass in Horticultural Business, which utilises flexible online delivery, to gain practical management and leadership skills that can be applied to businesses from day one.

Our post-graduate students have the opportunity to work on innovative projects, and gain the research training to be in high demand upon completion. This is due to high-level competency, skills and knowledge, which is developed during hands-on, work-integrated and problem-based learning.

We have broad networks in Tasmania, around Australia and internationally to facilitate adoption and integration of research outputs to drive meaningful practice change.

TIA was awarded the highest possible rating in a review of Australian universities (ERA 2015), receiving a score of five (well above standard) in the areas of ‘agriculture, land and farm management’ and ‘horticultural production’. We were the only Australian university to receive the top rating in both of these areas.

TIA’s Honours, Masters and PhD candidates make a valuable contribution to our research and benefit from a close integration with industry and access to both research farms and commercial properties around Tasmania.

Our expertise

  • Plant physiology and pathology
  • Epidemiology
  • Biosecurity
  • Integrated pest management
  • Decision support
  • Value chain innovation
  • Viticulture
  • Wine chemistry
  • Research extension
  • Production horticulture
  • Spatial sciences
  • Plant extract cropping

Research themes

  • Fruit and tree crops
  • Industrial and extractive crops
  • Fermentation
  • Vegetable crops


Horticulture Centre Leader

Dr Nigel Swarts

Phone: +61 3 6226 2174