Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholarship winner
Karen Brock, from Winkleigh in Tasmania, received a 2014 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by Horticulture Australia Limited using voluntary contributions from Nuffield Australia and matched funds from the Australian Government.
Karen, through her research, hoped to reduce the assessment time of soft berry fruit by developing a technique for placement of gene markers in the plant.
With her husband, Karen owns and operates Brocklands Pty Ltd, a diversified horticultural business, supplying plants and tissue culture material to the soft berry fruit and truffle industries, operating a tissue culture laboratory and running a joint venture raspberry breeding program among other operations.
Karen says at present it takes up to three years to get new soft berry fruits to market for assessment, however she believes this time could be halved by using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to develop a technique for placement of gene markers in the fruit.
“This could mean instant verification of pathogens residing in plant tissue, enabling rapid multiplication which then results in material being released to the market in just 18 months.”
To carry out her research, Karen visited Oregon, Arkansas and California in the USA, as well as the UK, Chile, Morocco and New Zealand.
Location: Winkleigh, Tasmania
Mobile: 0439 972 793
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