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Horticultural Science

No other Western Australian University has a horticulture education and research program to cater for the needs of the WA Horticulture industry. The focus of the Horticulture program at Edith Cowan University includes establishing Research & Innovation and horticultural education to support the Horticultural Industry, ensuring that the industry remains internationally competitive.

Key Research & Innovation and capacity building areas

  • Improving horticulture production, sustainability, market access and profitability of the Horticulture Industry by reducing postharvest losses while maintaining the quality and nutritional value during extended storage in order to replace airfreight with sea freight for the export of fresh produce.
  • Optimising practices to maximise the post-harvest quality of produce, translating R&D into innovative post-harvest technologies to deliver outputs to the fresh produce horticulture industry, supply chain stakeholders and consumers.
  • Capacity building through teaching, research training MSc and PhD students and training staff from local primary industries and international scientists.

Current projects / research interests

  • Evaluation of Selected Clones of Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus Lam) Produced in Different Preharvest Settings. This collaborative project Zora Singh and Andrew Woodward ECU, M S Mazhar, NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, K Sangha, Charles Darwin University and Mr Greg Owens, NT Farmers Industry advisor.
  • Effect of Pre- and Postharvest Application of Chemical Elicitors on the Levels of Health-Promoting Phytochemicals in Cold Stored Sweet Orange Fruit. This project involves M Vithana, Zora Singh and Western Australian Citrus Growers.
  • Pre and postharvest interventions to extend cold storage life and maintain fruit quality of berries. This project involves PhD student HMS Shah, Zora Singh, Andrew Woodward, and E Afrifa-Yamoah.
  • Postharvest management of weight loss and quality of apple fruit. This project involves PhD student MU Hasan, Zora Singh, E Afrifa-Yamoah and Andrew Woodward.
  • Maturity determination and postharvest quality management of selected clones of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) grown under different pre-harvest settings. This project involves PhD student Jashanpreet, Zora Singh and Andrew Woodward ECU, M S Mazhar, NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, K Sangha, Charles Darwin University and Mr Greg Owens, NT Farmers Industry advisor

Who is involved in Horticultural Science?

(Foundation Professor Horticultural Science)

(Lecturer)

PhD students
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