Varietal development and disease management of Ixodia Achillaeoides for cut flower production

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  • Published: 1 Mar 2001

  • Author(s): Barth, Gail, Hall, Barbara

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The varietal improvement program incorporated: the collection and preservation of varieties used by industry or in previous assessment programs (SARDI), the location and assessment of major native stands throughout SA and Victoria and collection of ‘type’ varieties, collection of variants and outstanding individual varieties in terms of appearance or vigour and a breeding program. By increasing the availability of varieties, this program aimed to: i. extend the harvest period, ii. provide new products for dried and fresh flower markets and iii. improve quality characteristics including stem length, floral appearance, post harvest life and disease resistance.