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Researcher: Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)

Fields of Research

Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Horticultural Production
Agronomy
Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology
Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Agricultural Land Management
Land Capability and Soil Degradation
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Carbon Sequestration Science
Crop and Pasture Production
Horticultural Crop Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Post Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
Crop and Pasture Nutrition
Farming Systems Research
Soil Physics
Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Environmental Engineering Modelling
Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction
Plant Physiology
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases
Soil Biology
Food Packaging, Preservation and Safety
Infectious Agents
Automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels)
Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
Fertilisers and Agrochemicals (Application etc.)
Forestry Management and Environment

Research Objectives

Vegetables
Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production
Horticultural Crops
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Wheat
Plant Extract Crops (e.g. Pyrethrum, Jojoba)
Soybeans
Forestry
Sustainability Indicators
Almonds
Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne)
Food Safety
Soils
Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Marketing
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (Post Harvest)
Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production
Land and Water Management of environments
Hardwood Plantations
Summer Grains and Oilseeds
Education and Training Systems
Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Manufacturing Activities
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Production of Biofuels (Biomass)
Processed Fruit and Vegetable Products (incl. Fruit Juices)
Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Macadamias
Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit
Softwood Plantations
Biofuel (Biomass) Energy
Stone Fruit
Management of Gaseous Waste from Plant Production (excl. Greenhouse Gases)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Commercial Energy Conservation and Efficiency
Industrial Crops

Career Best Publications

In situ persistence and migration of biochar carbon and its impact on native carbon emission in contrasting soils under managed temperate pastures; PLoS One

Research Publications

12th Australian Weeds Conference Proceedings - Weed Management into the 21st Century: Do We Know Where We're Going?; 12th Australian Weeds Conference
In situ persistence and migration of biochar carbon and its impact on native carbon emission in contrasting soils under managed temperate pastures; PLoS One
A new way of storing carbon on farms investigated
Agronomic research to support the development of vegetable value chains in Papua New Guinea; 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
An economic analysis of biochar production using residues from Eucalypt plantations; Biomass and Bioenergy
An integrated approach to a vegetable research, development, extension and training project in a developing country, Papua New Guinea; Acta Horticulturae
Assessment of pyrethrum canopy cover using digital image analysis; Smart Science for Innovative Horticultural Enterprises
Assessment of soybean seed vigour tests for eastern Australia; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Attendance at the International Horticulture Congress, Lisbon 2010
Bio-char and pyrolysis research activities at UTAS; Tasmanian ANZ Biochar Workshop
Biochar carbon dynamics in physically separated fractions and microbial use efficiency in contrasting soils under temperate pastures; Soil Biology and Biochemistry
Biochar carbon sequestration and downward translocation in contrasting soils under field conditions in Australia; European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations; Acta Horticulturae
Biochar initiative seeks to bring carbon capture down to earth
Biological Limitations to the Production of Processed Broccoli in Tasmania
Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) be used to explore inflorescence development and hollow stem in broccoli?
Characterisation of Bulb Respiration During Field Curing of Brown Onions
Coast's new agricultural leaders
Crusade of broccoli boffin
Cutting nitrous oxide
Dr Broc lives his green dreams'
Dr Broc talks broccoli at the Cradle Coast Campus Post Graduate Conference 2009
Drought Stress at Broccoli Transplanting Decreases Harvest Uniformity
Early Crop Development and Harvest Uniformity in Broccoli; IHC Lisboa 2010
Early Crop Development and Harvest Uniformity in Broccoli; Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research
Effects of density on dry matter yield on the yield and pyrethrins content of pyrethrum plants in Tasmania; International Pyrethrum Symposium
Effects of watering interval, timing and duration of water stress on the yield and pyrethrins content of pyrethrum plants; International Pyrethrum Symposium
Evaluation of capsicum varieties in low & mid altitude areas in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference 2012
Evaluation of temperate vegetable crop varieties in the high altitude area in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: An approach to increasing the supply of temperate vegetables in the Port Moresby markets; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference 2012
Evaluation of vegetable crops in low & mid altitude areas in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference
Evidence of mechanical tissue strain in the development of hollow stem in broccoli; Scientia Horticulturae
Evidence that mechanical stress leads to stem cavities in broccoli; IHC Lisboa 2010
Factors controlling broccoli inflorescence development and architecture
Field Evaluation of Tomato, L. esculentum, cultivars in Pacific Adventist University; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference
Final report: increasing vegetable production in Central Province for Port Moresby markets
Frost and salinity tolerance in pyrethrum; Horticulture for the Future 2011
Green bean cultivar evaluation 2013/2014
Green bean cultivar evaluation 2014/2015
Help needed to give plants their nitrogen
High yielding, quality cabbages and the challenges of production in the high altitude area of Central Province, Papua New Guinea: an approach to increasing the supply of temperate vegetables in to the Port Moresby markets; Tropical Agriculture Conference 2015
Hollow Stem in Broccoli
Hollow stem in cauliflower and broccoli
How to lose friends and influence broccoli; Cradle Coast Postgraduate Research Conference
Impact of biochar application on the productivity of a temperate vegetable cropping system; New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science
Implications of soil morphological and chemical characteristics in the highlands of Central Province, Papua New Guinea for sustainable vegetable production; Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Improved vegetable production systems for community cooperatives in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; Acta Horticulturae
Improved vegetable production systems for community cooperatives in the Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province for Port Moresby markets
Influence of environmental factors on glyphosate efficacy when applied to Avena fatua or Urochloa panicoides; Weed Research
Influence of selected environmental factors on glyphosate efficacy when applied to awnless barnyard grass (Echinochloa colona (L.) Link); Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Interview on the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's vegetable research facility having turned 51
Investigation and Manipulation of the Onion Skin Formation Process
Is hollow stem in broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica mediated by high growth rate?; Smart Science for Innovative Horticultural Enterprises
Macadamia biochar as a growth stimulus for Eucalyptus nitens forestry nurseries; 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference
Magnetic Resonance Imaging to explore head development and hollow stem in broccolli; Horticulture for the Future 2011
Management of pasture soils: biochar stability, carbon storage potential and its effect on production and quality; XXIII International Grassland Congress 2015
Measurement and mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions in the Australian vegetable industry; 2014 National Soil Science Conference
Modelling future potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) production in Tasmania and Kenya; Acta Horticulturae
Moisture stress at transplanting reduces harvest uniformity in broccoli; International Horticultural Congress 2010
MRI scans reveal the inner life of 'little green trees
Nutrient changes in potting mix and Eucalyptus nitens leaf tissue under macadamia biochar amendments; Journal of Forestry Research
Onion (Allium cepa L.) bulbs are most sensitive to base plate impacts; Acta Horticulturae
Onion Leaf Desiccation Processes and Implications for Skin Quality; Acta Horticulturae
Opportunities and constraints for biochar technology in Australian agriculture: looking beyond carbon sequestration; Soil Research
Opportunities and constraints for biochar technology in Australian agriculture: looking beyond carbon sequestration; 2014 National Soil Science Conference
Pea cultivar evaluation report: first planting, 29th August 2013
Pea cultivar evaluation report: second planting, 21st October 2013
Phenology, leaf and yield production patterns of sweet pepper under irrigated seasonal dry lowlands conditions, Papua New Guinea; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Physiology of onions destined for European export
Potential applications of pyrolysis and gasification in the Tasmanian Vegetable Industry; International Symposium Organic Matter Management & Compost Use in Horticulture
Processing efficiency of different broccoli head architectures; International Horticultural Congress 2010
Relationship between growth rate and the development of hollow stem broccoli; Crop & Pasture Science
Relationship between vigour tests and emergence of soybean when grown under a range of seedbed moisture conditions; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Research projects celebrated
Short Retention Time Effluent Management
Soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmanian high rainfall temperate systems
Storage Life of Carrots
Technical Session 1 Stream 1-1: Benefits of SOM management - climate change mitigation - I ; Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture
Technical Session 6 Stream 6-1: Evaluating benefits of SOM management in horticultural production - soil health; Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture
The influence of soil moisture content on glyphosate efficacy for the control of annual grasses in fallow land; Weed Research
The national biochar initiative: a country-wide approach; 2014 National Soil Science Conference
The role of soil organic matter in temperate vegetable value chains in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: a short review; 1st International Symposium on Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture
The Role of Soil Organic Matter in Temperate Vegetable Value Chains in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: a short review; International Symposium Organic Matter Management & Compost Use in Horticulture
Using value chain systems modelling to develop more sustainable cool temperate vegetable marketing systems in a transitional economy: a case study in PNG; 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Sytems Design Conference
Vegetable crops set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Vegetables are a major part of the diet in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and demand for temperate vegetables is growing from the emerging middle class and increasing expatriate population; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Vegie boffin on a mission
Weeds resistant to chlorsulfuron and atrazine from the north-east grain region of Australia; Weed Research

Research Projects

Attendance at the International Horticulture Congress, Lisbon 2010; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Biochar as a soil amendment and productivity stimulus for Tasmanian forestry crops; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Crawford Fund Training Award - Enopa Lindsay; Crawford Fund Limited (CF)
Determining the Constraints of Frost and Salinity Tolerance to the Expansion of Commercial Pyrethrum; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Global master class in horticulture; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Investigation and Manipulation of the Onion Skin Formation Process; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Mitigation of N2O Emissions in the National Vegetable Industry; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
National PhD Program: Horticulture; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
New Onion Protocols to Assure Viability of European Exports; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Physiology of Onion Bulbs Destined for Export Markets; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Precision seeding benefits for processing pea production; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Short Term Effluent Retention; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
The National Biochar Initiative II - A country wide approach to Biochar systems (DAFF); Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Cause of post harvest quality problems in carrots
Characterisation of Onion Skin Quality and Bulb Respiration During Field Curing of Brown Onions
Evaluation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in a vegetable rotation
Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) be used to explore inflorescence development and hollow stem in broccoli?

Research Candidate Supervision

Biochar as a Soil Ammendment and Productivity Stimulus for Eucalyptus nitens Plantations
Climate Change Adaptation by Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), Farmers in Kenya
Export Quality Cream Gold Onion Nutrition Research Project- "From the Ground up".
Factors Affecting Dry Matter Yield and Pyrethrin Content in Pyrethum in Tasmania
Mechanisms of biophysical Factors that Influence Phenological Development of Vegetable Cultivars in Central Province, Papua New Giuinea
Short Retention Time Effluent Management
The Effects of Seed Production Practices on the Productivity of the Succeeding Ware Potato Crop
The Variations of Both Soil Carbon Stocks and Cycling Between Different Forest Systems in Tasmania
Understanding Onion Skin Formation Processes