Dr Robyn Cave

Lecturer in Horticulture

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
r.cave@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 240

Overview

Dr Robyn Cave is a horticulturalist with research experience in plant reproductive biology and the control of plant development and flowering. Robyn completed her doctorate in 2011 at UQ, where she developed a model to predict the duration of vegetative and reproductive phases of herbs in response to temperature, vernalisation and daylength. Since commencing her teaching and research position in 2014, she has worked on tree crop projects such as, pollination of macadamia, leaf nutrient sampling in macadamia, and seed germination for rootstock development of macadamia and pecan. Robyn has also worked on photosynthetic activity, grafting and the use of plant growth regulators in herbaceous crops.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Consumer demand for varieties of Allium is constantly evolving. This project will assess the viabiltiy of growing Alliums from different climatic regions in Queensland.

  • Understanding seed lot characteristics assists in predicting seed germination responses and subsequent crop productivity. In this projuect, we are investigating 1) the influence of the physiological age of garlic seed on seedling vigour and development, and 2) bulb germination in response to chilling.

  • Consumer demand for tree nuts, such as pecan and macadamia, is increasing. In this project we are investigating 1) seed germination and rootstock development, incuding the use of plant growth regulators, and 2) nut quality, including the influence of variety, fertigation, light interception, and harvest techniques on nut colour and defects.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Proud, Christopher, Hammadil, Muneer, Cave, Robyn, Mitchell, Jacquie and Fukai, Shu (2015). Cold temperature under aerobic conditions increases spikelet sterility in rice (Oryza sativa L.). In: Tina Botwright Acuña, Matthew Harrison, Carina Moeller and David Parsons, Building Productive, Diverse and Sustainable Landscapes: Proceedings of the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference. Australian Society of Agronomy, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (). 20-24 September 2015.

  • Currey, C. J., Lopez, R. G., Cave, R. L., Harrison, D. K. and Johnston, M. E. (2015). Temperature affects germination of native Australian Gomphrena and Ptilotus species differently. In: R. A. Criley, XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposium on Ornamental Horticulture in the Global Greenhouse. International Horticulture Congress, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (491-496). 17-22 August 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1104.71

  • Cave, R. L., Erwin, J. E., Hammer, G. L., Birch, C. J. and Johnston, M. E. (2012). An experimental approach for developing seed lines of new Australian native flowering pot plants. In: Groening, G, Proceedings of the XXVIII International Horticultural Congress On Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010): Proceedings of the International Symposium On Advances in Ornamentals, Landscape and Urban Horticulture. XXVIII International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010), Lisbon, Portugal, (37-43). 22-27 August 2010. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.937.2

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Consumer demand for varieties of Allium is constantly evolving. This project will assess the viabiltiy of growing Alliums from different climatic regions in Queensland.

  • Understanding seed lot characteristics assists in predicting seed germination responses and subsequent crop productivity. In this projuect, we are investigating 1) the influence of the physiological age of garlic seed on seedling vigour and development, and 2) bulb germination in response to chilling.

  • Consumer demand for tree nuts, such as pecan and macadamia, is increasing. In this project we are investigating 1) seed germination and rootstock development, incuding the use of plant growth regulators, and 2) nut quality, including the influence of variety, fertigation, light interception, and harvest techniques on nut colour and defects.