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DAFM National Call 2015 15/S/759 Teagasc (UCD) €558,335

Project Title:

Alternative crops for cut foliage sector

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Helen Grogan

Project Abstract

This project will identify novel foliage plant lines to feed into the cut foliage sector in Ireland in response to growing demand from export and home markets. In addition, information will be gathered on threats to this fledgling industry from pests and diseases that damage cut foliage plantations. There are two main objectives: the first involves identifying high quality specimens of a wide range of decorative shrubs with desirable traits, such as unusual leaf colour or shape, and then developing propagation technologies to reproduce them. The second objective is to survey cut foliage plantations for troublesome pests and diseases and then identify environmentally responsible measures to tackle them. On completion, stocks of elite ‘mother plants’ will be available for propagation under licence by cut foliage growers or specialist plant nurseries. Practical advice will be available to help growers deal responsibly with pest and disease problems that reduce their profitability.

Final Report:

Not available yet.