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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Tassie takes big bite of national apple funding15 Sep 2023
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) has secured an impressive $3.7 million in national funding for research that will boost production and profits for Australian apple growers.TIA will lead two new projects as part of Hort Innovation’s…
Seeking Tasmanian wine businesses for new research collaboration11 Aug 2023
Tasmanian wine businesses are invited to participate in a new research project where they will be supported to run on-vineyards trials to improve management practices for botrytis bunch rot disease.Botrytis is a major challenge for wine grape…
New agricultural research projects6 Jun 2023
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) will receive $1.92 million funding for five new agricultural research, development and extension projects.The funding was announced by Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer in May 2023 as part…
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Contact TIA Horticulture Centre Leader, Dr Nigel Swarts.