School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Professor Philip Brown, Dr Simon White
Doctor of Philosophy

Research Details

Thesis Name

Examining key constraints to protected cropping systems for the production of high-value vegetable crops in tropical and subtropical climates

Thesis Abstract

Protected cropping is a combination of technologies and crop management practices that involve the use of a structure placed over plants. Structure types vary greatly; they may be permanent or removable, and range from simple, low cost designs to high cost, technologically advanced structures. Although protected cropping in Australia is currently concentrated in southern temperate regions, there is significant potential for adoption in warmer tropical regions. In tropical and subtropical regions, production of high quality vegetable crops is often constrained by climatic conditions associated with these areas, particularly heavy rainfall and high temperatures. The use of protected cropping structures allows for improved productivity, crop quality and supply of out-of-season niche crops by providing rain protection and temperature control. With the growing tourism sector in these regions there will be increased demand for a continuous supply of high-quality fresh vegetables, with growers now seeking information on how to best implement this technology.


Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship & Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)


  1. Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
  2. Queensland Deprtment of Agriculture and Fisheries