What is a Horticulturist?

Horticulturists apply scientific knowledge to the cultivation and propagation of plants.

Horticulturists may perform the following tasks:
  • Provide technical information to farmers, fruit, vegetable and flower growers, nursery operators and commercial firms trading in horticultural products such as frozen foods, seeds and fertilisers.
  • Conduct experiments and investigations into cultivation, pest and disease control, production, storage, processing and transport of fruit, nuts, berries, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.
  • Experiment with improved varieties of plants with greater resistance to disease, higher yield and improved nutritional value.
  • Work in the field of landscape design to create parks, gardens and recreational areas, with concern for conservation and preservation of natural resources.
  • Work in the mining industry, assisting with the regeneration of degraded land; and
  • Transfer research technologies to industry.
The work may be physically active and may involve lifting and bending, and handling a variety of equipment. Most work is outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. They wear protective clothing when they have to handle fertilisers and pesticides, or to prevent injury while using machinery.

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