Title: Effects of pollination and nutrients on strawberry fruit quality
Abstract: Australia is one of the world’s largest strawberry producers, and about 60% of Australian strawberry production is based in Queensland. This research aims to increase strawberry production and fruit quality through better pollination and fertilizer application. The project is investigating: (1) effects of cross-pollination on strawberry yield and fruit quality; (2) effects of calcium nutrition on strawberry yield and fruit quality; (3) effect of distance to another cultivar on seed paternity and fruit quality; (4) the use of hyperspectral imaging to predict leaf and flower nutrient status; and (5) the use of hyperspectral imaging to predict fruit quality and the levels of healthy dietary compounds in fruit. Early results show that improving pollen deposition leads to higher fruit mass, and that cross-pollination increases the redness of the fruit skin.
Bio. Cao Dinh Dung is a PhD student in the Genecology Research Centre and the School of Science and Engineering at USC. He has worked as a plant breeder and hydroponic cultivation scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam. He has studied strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, leafy vegetables and tropical flowers since he graduated with a Bachelor of Agronomy. He completed his Masters by Research in Horticultural Science at Curtin University in 2013. He received a VIED-USC scholarship in 2017 to undertake PhD studies at USC under the supervision of Professor Stephen Trueman, Professor Helen Wallace and Dr Shahla Hossein Bai. He is working under a Hort Innovation project that is investigating the effects of cross-pollination and crop nutrition on yield and quality of strawberry, avocado, macadamia, almond, mango and lychee.