Welcome to the International Protea Working Group...
We are a group from across the globe dedicated to understanding the botany and ecology of the Proteaceae of both South Africa and Australia and using that knowledge to improve commercial production in areas of breeding, cultivation, postharvest, marketing and supply chain management.
Our research cluster is nearly 30 years old and over that time we have seen introduction of fabulous new cultivars that are now hugely popular world wide. For growers there is improved reliability of production as we learn more about the cultural requirements such as fertilizers, pest management and irrigation. For consumers, product quality has improved through greater attention to cultivar selection based on postharvest performance as well as form. However, compared with other floriculture crops our research efforts are only touching the tip of the iceberg. There are many research problems which remain unanswered such as postharvest leaf blackening and control of flowering. Demand for Proteaceous flora continues to expand worldwide and the industry has huge potential to grow.
We invite you to join us in contributing to greater knowledge and understanding of this unique family of plants.
Membership of the IPWG
Only full members of the ISHS are accepted as members of a Working Group.
ISHS Rules for Working Groups
Any scientist, educator or researcher interested in the subject area of the Working Group may become a member of the Working Group.
Office holders 2010-2012
International Protea Working Group Executive
Ornamental Section of ISHS
Vice-Chair: Dr. J.M. Van Tuyl, Netherlands
IPWG Symposia are held every four years in association with an IPA Conference, with the approval of ISHS. Papers presented at Symposia are published in Acta Horticulturae. IPWG may hold workshops and meetings in the intervening years, which may run concurrently with IPA functions.