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Introduction of new technology into hydroponic tomato growing at the farm level - a case study in collaborative research

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew McIntyre, Thomas Mcrae
In 2000 Deakin University and Elmac Hydroponics, with funding from the Australian Research Council began a collaborative PhD project researching the management and economics for commercial tomato production using the innovative Autopot® hydroponics system. The collaboration between Deakin University, the Elmac farmers and the wider hydroponics industry was central to this research project. A significant outcome was the education of both the researchers and the farmers. Deakin University researchers benefited from the chance to learn about conducting research within the commercial constraints of the industry. Elmac and the wider industry had the opportunity to learn about the methodology, application and limitations of scientific research. However, there are conflicts between the desired educational outcomes for the stakeholders in a collaborative project of this type. In most cases, the award of the PhD degree to the candidate depends entirely on the thesis. A thesis however, would be of little value to most hydroponics farmers. The desired educational outcome for industry is in the application of the results to their situation for improved management of production and increased profit. This paper highlights the benefits and constraints of collaborative research into the introduction of innovative technology to the hydroponics industry.

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Event

International Symposium on Horticultural Education, Extension and Training (4th: 2004: Perth, W.A.)

Pagination

241 - 247

Publisher

International Society for Horticultural Science

Location

Perth, W.A.

Place of publication

Leuven, Belgium

Start date

2004-08-18

End date

2004-08-21

ISBN-13

9789066055988

ISBN-10

9066055987

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

Z Singh, P Batt, R Murray

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the IVth International Symposium on Horticultural Education, Extension and Training

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