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Tara Johnstone

Cert IV Horticulture, B Env Sc (Hons. Class 1)

  • Horticulturist
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UniSC Sunshine Coast
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Sunshine Coast
Tara Johnstone

Tara Johnstone has worked as a Horticulturist for many years, initially with local council caring for public gardens in Noosa, Queensland. Through her work and studies Tara developed a keen interest in horticulture, in particular, food crops. She has worked in international development on projects in the Pacific Islands since 2014, working with growers and farmer groups from farm to market. Since completing her honours degree in 2017 at UniSC, Tara has worked in a research capacity at UniSC and with the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research. Most recently, Tara has worked on ACIAR HORT/2019/165 Enhanced fruit systems for Tonga and Samoa (Phase 2): Community based citrus production working with farmers and woman’s groups to improve citrus production with improved varietal selections and propagation. Her involvement in this project has further enriched Tara’s knowledge of citrus crops, confirming to her that her favourite place to work is out in a field under the Pacific sky.

Most recently, Tara has worked on ACIAR HORT/2019/165 Enhanced fruit systems for Tonga and Samoa (Phase 2): Community based citrus production working with farmers and woman’s groups to improve citrus production with improved varietal selections and propagation. The project is lead by ACPIR's Professor Steven J.R. Underhill.

Research areas

  • Postharvest loss
  • Horticulture