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Emily Rigby

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Emily Rigby, from Mapleton in Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Horticulture Innovation Australia and the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation.

She will investigate greenhouse production systems specifically for subtropical climates, with a focus on low and high-technology protected cropping.

Emily is the research manager for Cedar Hill Flowers & Foliage, one of Australia’s biggest exporters of cut foliage and flowers. It produces and processes products for floriculture markets in Europe, the Americas, New Zealand, Asia, Japan and China. It was the world’s first successful enterprise to propagate and artificially cultivate umbrella fern and won the 2014 Australian Flower Industry Sustainable Production Award.

Emily manages the company’s umbrella fern plantations on the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley and has provided valuable research into the successful domestication of this Australian native crop. Her efforts in this endeavour contributed to her selection as a Qld Finalist of the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Award this year.

Through her scholarship, Emily will look at ways of improving greenhouse production and management systems for sub-tropical climates using innovative protected cropping practices. The aim is to achieve better production efficiencies, yields and sustainability.

“I also want to focus on the potential for under-utilised plant species, such as Australian natives, bush foods, niche plants and new ornamentals, as arming ourselves with the best, latest knowledge might help Australia’s producers adapt and innovate to meet the ongoing challenges of a dynamic climate and dynamic markets,” she says.

Emily plans to do her research in China, Israel, Kenya, Spain, Turkey and the USA.

Location: Mapleton, Queensland
Mobile: 0400 008 161
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Emily Rigby is sponsored by:

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