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Researcher: Swarts, ND (Dr Nigel Swarts)

Fields of Research

Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Terrestrial Ecology
Horticultural Production
Conservation and Biodiversity
Oenology and Viticulture
Mycology
Post Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
Food Processing
Wine Chemistry and Wine Sensory Science
Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Crop and Pasture Nutrition
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
Fisheries Sciences
Plant Biology
Entrepreneurship
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research Objectives

Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit
Stone Fruit
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ornamentals, Natives, Flowers and Nursery Plants
Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory)
Wine Grapes
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Horticultural Crops
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments
Summer Grains and Oilseeds
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Beverages (excl. Fruit Juices)
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Nutraceuticals and Functional foods
Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Tobacco

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

An orchid conservation partnership for southeastern Australia; 6th International Orchid Conservation Congress (IOCC6)
Apple orchard fertigation trial: second season results
Apple variety and maturity profiling of base ciders using UV spectroscopy; Food Chemistry
Are desserts seconds ripe for cider?; 2016 National Horticulture Convention
Benchmarking nitrous oxide emissions in deciduous tree cropping systems; Soil Research
Building the technological toolkit for orchid conservation; 6th International Orchid Conservation Congress (IOCC6)
Characterization of microsatellite loci in the endangered grand spider orchid Caladenia huegelii (Orchidaceae); Molecular Ecology Notes
Conservation Methods for Terrestrial Orchids; J. Ross Publishing
Defining conservation units in a complex of morphologically similar, sexually deceptive, highly endangered orchids; Biological Conservation
Diversity and distribution of mycorrhizal fungi associating with Caladenia in the biodiversity hotspot South-west Australia; 5th International Orchid Conservation Congress 2013
Do your farm management practises influence green house gas emissions?
Does integrated conservation of terrestrial orchids work?; 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress
Does integrated conservation of terrestrial orchids work? ; 3rd International Orchid Conservation Congress 2007
Does your farm management practises influence green house gas emissions?
Early-season nitrogen use to manipulate yield and wine phenolics; 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference
Ecological specialization in mycorrhizal symbiosis leads to rarity in an endangered orchid; Molecular Ecology
Effect of humic based soil conditioner, effective microbes and fertiliser on growth and flowering of sunflower; 29th International Horticultural Congress
Effect of humic based soil conditioner, effective microbes and fertiliser on growth and flowering of sunflower (Helianthus annus L. ‘Dwarf Sunsation’); Acta Horticulturae
Evaluation of electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) for in situ mapping of drip irrigation and fertigation wetting patterns; Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014
Ex situ conservation and cryopreservation of orchid germplasm; International Journal of Plant Sciences
Genetic diversity in fragmented populations of the critically endangered spider orchid Caladenia huegelii: implications for conservation; Conservation Genetics
Geographical range and host breadth of Sebacina orchid mycorrhizal fungi associating with Caladenia in south-western Australia; Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Integrated conservation of the rare terrestrial orchid Caladenia huegelii; 2nd International Orchid Conservation Congress 2004
Integrated conservation of the rare terrestrial orchid Caladenia huegelii; National Caladenia Workshop 2007
Is too much nitrogen a cause of poor fruit quality?
More profit from nitrogen in cherries and mangoes; Australian Tree Crop
Mycorrhizal preference promotes habitat invasion by a native Australian orchid: Microtis media; Annals of Botany
Nitrous oxide emissions - something to smile about; Australian Tree Crop
Orchid re-introductions: an evaluation of success and ecological considerations using key comparative studies from Australia; Plant Ecology
Perspectives on orchid conservation in botanic gardens; Trends in Plant Science
Plant Mineral Nutrition; Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot
Pollinator rarity as a threat to a plant with a specialized pollination system; Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity; Fruit Growers Tasmania Annual May Conference 2014
Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity; National Horticulture Convention 2015
Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity; Apple & Pear Australia Limited Research Review - Speed Updating 2013
Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity; Regional Stone and Pomefruit R&D Forum 2014
Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity; 2016 Future Orchards National Tour
Precision fertigation for improved orchard productivity
Precision fertigation to improve apple orchard productivity
Precision nitrogen fertigation and irrigation management for improved apple quality; Acta Horticulturae
Precision nitrogen fertigation for improved apple quality and reduced leaching; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Propagation and reintroduction of Caladenia; Australian Journal of Botany
Reducing N2O emissions in key perennial tree crop industries; National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting
Reducing N2O emissions in key perennial tree crop industries; National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting
Remote sensing of N deficiencies in apple and pear orchards; Acta Horticulturae
Role of nitrogen fertigation in cherry fruit quality and consumer perception; 7th International Cherry Symposium
Role of nitrogen fertigation in cherry fruit quality and consumer perception; 2013 Fruit Growers of Tasmania May Conference
Role of nitrogen fertigation in sweet cherry fruit quality and consumer perception of quality: At- and postharvest; Acta Horticulturae
Sap flow in apple trees using the heat-pulse method; 10th International Workshop on Sap Flow
Securing Tasmania's rarest orchids from extinction; The Running Postman
Strategic Irrigation and Nitrogen Assessment Tool for Apples (SINATA); Apple and pear Speed Updating 2017
Terrestrial Orchid conservation - Science into Action: Perspectives from Australia ; 5th International Symposium on Diversity and Conservation of Asian Orchids
Terrestrial orchid conservation and research - a Tasmanian perspective; 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014
Terrestrial orchid conservation in the age of extinction; Annals of Botany
The curious case of the Windswept Helmet-orchid; Australian Plants
The scientific principles underpinning inconsistencies in cider quality
The secret life of orchids; UTAS Research Week 2013
Understanding carbohydrate and nutrient storage and remobilisation in fruitlet abscission for sweet cherry; Horticulture for the Future Conference
Understanding the role of nitrogen management in apple orcharding to mitigate nitrous oxide emissions; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Understanding the role of nitrogen management in apple orcharding to mitigate nitrous oxide emissions; National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting
Uptake and internal allocation of nitrogen in apple trees; VIII ISHS Symposium on Mineral Nutrition of Fruit Crops
Using mycorrhizal fungi in orchid conservation; Fungi Conservation and Management Symposium 2012
Variation in nutrient-acquisition patterns by mycorrhizal fungi of rare and common orchids explains diversification in a global biodiversity hotspot; Annals of Botany

Research Projects

Building Quality in Tasmania's Cider Industry; Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Diversity and abundance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in native and managed landscapes in Tasmania; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Improving grapevine quality and yield through improved vine nutrition and pruning; Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA)
Optimising Cherry Firmness, Size and Post-Harvest Shelf Life: Fruit Set and Crop Load, Tree and Fruit Nutrition; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Optimising nutrient management for improved productivity and fruit quality in cherries; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Precision Fertigation for Improved Apple Orchard Productivity; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Reducing nitrous oxide emissions in key perennial tree crop industries; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Waste to profit in urchin fisheries: developing business opportunities to ensure fishery sustainability and safeguard reef dependant fisheries from destructive urchin grazing; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Improved productivity and profitability for the Australian apple and pear industry
Mapping Australian cider uniqueness for the production of high quality and consistent craft cider
Stabilising and increasing yield and quality in Tasmanian vineyards
Conservation of the Threatened Orchids in Tasmania's Midlands
Continental-Scale Specialisation in Mycorrhiza of Orchids
Enhancing Threatened Orchid Conservation at Rubicon Sanctuary
Extension - Enhancing Threatened Orchid Conservation at Rubicon Sanctuary
Integrated Conservation and Translocation Research Program for Caladenia Huegelii
Orchid Conservation Techniques Manual
Seed Collection and Mycorrhizal Isolation of Targeted Tasmania Orchid Taxa

Research Candidate Supervision

Effects of Anti-transpiration Agent on Growth, Yield, Fruit Quality and Increasing Water use Efficiency on Apple Trees under Deficit Irrigation and High Temperature Conditions
The Effect of Pre-Harves Tree Management on Fruit Quality and Phenolic Chemistry in a Sweet Cherry During Post-Harvest Storage