Cultural practices, such as pruning, nutrient composition and nutrient application can greatly influence tree growth, nut yield and overall plant resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses. A range of experiments focussing on fertigation, light interception and harvest techniques, and their impact on nut yield, colour and defects are available. These experiments will involve working closely with the largest producer of pecans in the Southern Hemisphere, and will be conducted at Stahmann Farms (Moree and/or Toowoomba) or UQ Gatton, either in the field, greenhouse or laboratory, depending on the nature of the experiment.

Location: Gatton or Moree and/or Toowoomba

Expected outcomes: skills in conducting industry-relevant experiments on perennial tree crops and data analysis, and opportunities to make valuable industry contacts

Supervisors: Dr Robyn Cave

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details

Project members

Dr Robyn Cave

Lecturer in Horticulture
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences