Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Wade Mann, from Lake Haven in New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Nuffield Australia. He will research Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies for greenhouse hydroponic production of berry crops.
Wade is managing director of Roses 2 Go, a commercial greenhouse hydroponic rose cut-flower production facility he runs with his wife Nicola. Up until this year, their mix of Hybrid-T and Intermediate roses returned an annual yield of over a million stems. They recently diversified half their total greenhouse area to the commercial production of hydroponic blueberries, with a small-scale trial of hydroponic raspberries within the same unit.
With the recent push into berries, Wade will use his scholarship to investigate how to overcome a lack of chemical options to control pests in the berry crops.
“Commercial pollinators have been used to successfully transport and disperse microbial inoculum as an environmentally and ecologically sound method of biocontrol.
The challenge in Australia is to successfully implement this technology using commercially available honeybees as an alternative to bumblebees, which are globally acclaimed as superior pollinators but forbidden entry on our shores,” he explains.
To research the topic, Wade will visit Canada, USA, the Netherlands, China and the UK.
Location: Lake Haven, New South Wales
Mobile: 0404 913 209
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