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The DOOR manual for plant nurseries

Chamala, S. and Page, J. and Carson, C.J. and Giles, J. and Hunter, M. and Bodman, K. and Hayes, G.W. (1996) The DOOR manual for plant nurseries. Training Series QE96006 . Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Publisher URL: http://www.deedi.qld.gov.au

Abstract

In the nursery industry, generic research conducted by government institutions is often not specific enough to be highly valued and adopted by the individual operator. Operators need practical solutions to their particular problems. Such problems almost invariably involve sets of conditions common to few other enterprises. This uniqueness reflects the almost infinite variation of options available in terms of species grown, media used, fertiliser, amendments and chemicals applied and the way water is supplied.

The DOOR (Do Our Own Research) method advocates a relatively unexplored way of generating new, statistically sound research information in the nursery industry. The manual aims to enhance nursery operators' understanding and skills development in the following areas: critially evaluating opportunities and problems in the nursery environment, gathering relevant information, deriving and prioritising potential solutions to problems and opportunities, becoming familiar with the scientific method employed in testing potential solutions, carrying out statistically sound aand rigorous research, and developing recommendations that flow from the research information generated.

The DOOR approach has application in a number of other industries and may provide important support at a time of declining research, development and extension investment by the public sector.

Item Type:Book
Funders:Department of Primary Industries Queensland, Horticultural Research and Development Corporation, Queensland Nursery Industry Association, The University of Queensland.
Projects:NY 404 Improving in house research capacity of the nursery industry.
Business groups:Agri-Science, Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries 1996. © The State of Queensland (Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation). Copyright protects this publication. Except for purposes permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, reproduction by whatever means is prohibited without prior written permission of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/77.htm. Enquiries should be directed to Commercialisation Unit SAFTRSCopyright@deedi.qld.gov.au or telephone the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23 (Queensland residents) or +61 7 3404 6999.
Keywords:DOOR manual; horticulture; plant nurseries; Do Your Own Research; research; information; Do Our Own Research; cost benefit analysis; project prioritisation; self help system; experimentation; group research; participative action management, PAM, analysis; experimental resources; trial implementation; data interpretation; commercial research; simple experimental design; plant science; practical science.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education
Plant culture > Nurseries. Nursery industry
Plant culture
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Research. Experimentation
Deposited On:19 Dec 2011 05:37
Last Modified:08 Jun 2015 15:59

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