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'New Leaves' Research Project

This research project will investigate a range of key topics for the cut foliage trade in Ireland.

The 'New Leaves' project will identify novel foliage plant lines to feed into the cut foliage sector in Ireland. the project will gather knowledge, with industry, on pests and diseases that damage cut foliage plantations.

Main objectives:

  1. Identifying high quality specimens of a wide range of decorative shrubs with desirable traits, and then developing propagation technologies to reproduce them. 
  2. To survey cut foliage plantations for troublesome pests and diseases and then identify environmentally responsible measures to tackle them. 

On completion, stocks of elite mother plants will be available for propagation under licence by cut foliage growers or specialist plant nurseries.  Practical advice will be available to help growers deal responsibly with pest and disease problems that reduce their profitability.  


Group photo of new leaves working group


Group photo of new leaves working group

Left to right: Brian McGuiness, Jan Robert Baars, Jim Kelly, Gerry Douglas, Alistair Pfeifer, Helen Grogan, Henry Lyons , Jim Costello, Paul Fitters, Andy Whelton, Peter Jones. Absent from photo , Michael Gaffney, Dermot Callaghan, Dónall Flanagan