Rootstocks can play a vital role on crop performance by reducing plant size and increasing productivity. To date, only a few investigations have been undertaken on the influence of macadamia rootstocks on production efficiency. These studies were limited to only a few genotypes. In 2017, we planted a macadamia trial to investigate a diverse range of rootstocks aiming to manage scion vigour and increase production efficiency. Here, I am going to present early years data on the effect of rootstocks on scion traits, explain if rootstock traits can be translated to scions, and discuss future opportunities for rootstock breeding.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotDr Mobashwer Alam

Dr Mobashwer Alam is a plant breeder and geneticist. He is currently working as a Research Fellow in QAAFI’s macadamia breeding program. Previously, Dr Alam worked as senior plant breeder at Nuseed Pty Ltd. He achieved his PhD in Plant Science from UQ and worked on trait genomics, physiology, and modelling in sorghum. His research interest is to work on technologies to develop fast, accurate, and cost-effective tools for efficient breeding and profitable orchards.

Dr Mobashwer Alam, Research Fellow, Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: m.alam@uq.edu.au

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