Our Horticulture Centre works closely with established and emerging industries to support quality, productivity and resilience in cool-climate horticultural production systems.
Our research, development, extension, and adoption activities focus on industry segments of high importance to Tasmania, including fruit and tree crops, grapes and wine, berries, industrial and extractive crops, and vegetables.
We support the development of new and higher-value horticultural products and industries. We aim to generate new knowledge and skills, support industry sectors and supply domain expertise to commercial enterprises.
Our research outcomes focus on the application of innovative solutions to solve local problems and build capacity and sustainability within the industry.
To ensure the industry relevance of this work, a significant number of research trials are conducted in collaboration with commercial partners utilising paddocks, vineyards and orchards around Tasmania. Research trials are also conducted at TIA’s Forthside Research Facility in north-west Tasmania.
TIA Vegetable Research Facility
Our Vegetable Research Facility (Forthside) is the site of diverse research trials and teaching that directly contribute to the sustainability and productivity of Tasmania’s agriculture industry. The recent digital transformation of the farm has seen the implementation of precision agriculture and remote sensing technologies which are creating new opportunities for research, education, and engagement with industry.
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Dual purpose peonies: do Tasmanian grown peonies have potential as a Traditional Chinese Herb?6 Dec 2023
Trials are underway in the state’s north to determine whether Tasmania could produce peony roots for the Traditional Chinese Medicine market (TCM).PhD Candidate with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) Celia van Sprang is researching the…
Helping to mitigate climate change impacts for Tasmania’s wine industry27 Nov 2023
Wine grapes that are exposed to smoke can be left with undesirable sensory characteristics that may leave them unsuitable for wine making. As the state prepares for bushfire season, important research is underway to identify the level of smoke taint…
2023 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards20 Nov 2023
Researchers from the University of Tasmania were recognised among winners of the 2023 Tasmanian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence Awards.Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's Associate Professor Matthew Harrisonâ‹…
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Contact TIA Horticulture Centre Leader, Associate Professor Nigel Swarts.