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Where science meets sustainable production: A banana case study from tropical Queensland

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Lindsay, S. J., Pattison, A. B., Bagshaw, J. S., Heisswolf, S. and Wright, R. (2005) Where science meets sustainable production: A banana case study from tropical Queensland. Acta Horticulturae, 694 . pp. 179-184. ISSN 05677572 (ISSN); 9789066051270 (ISBN)

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2005.694.29


There is an increasing public call to produce food and fibre products using sustainable methods or systems. In our case study, the research and extension team used a holistic farming systems approach with banana producers to identify key environmental issues and explore management options for addressing these issues. Our experiences show that production research and technology can provide answers to some of the environmental problems identified, including research outcomes in plant nutrition and irrigation management, soil conservation, and integrated pest management. As a result group members have successfully reduced fertiliser use, pesticide use and soil erosion without reducing productivity. Using a participative approach highlighted the importance of integrating and adapting research outcomes to meet grower needs, and illustrated the value of combining 'smart science' with the practical 'knowhow' of farmers.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Environmental management systems Great barrier reef Integrated farming systems Nutrient management Soil erosion
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Special aspects of agriculture as a whole > Sustainable agriculture
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit > Bananas
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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