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Dr Kate Delaporte

Kate Delaporte
Curator Waite Arboretum
Waite Precinct
Faculty of Sciences

Kate is the Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve, a position that enables her to implement her knowledge of trees and Australian native plants, her skills in working with volunteers and community groups, and grow her various research interests. Kate’s main interest is improving Australian native plants for horticulture by research into propagation, cultivation, and breeding and selecting new varieties and species. She also has interests in supporting indigenous knowledge of food/medicines from plants; renewing the Urban Forest, sustainable agriculture and the environment; amenity horticulture (nursery, cut flower, garden design), general horticulture (in particular small fruits and new crops such as essential oils, herbs, spices and Asian vegetables); re-forestation and plant genome conservation.
Kate has added interests in promoting and enhancing opportunities for women in the workplace, particularly in Science (Agriculture and Horticulture), and promoting STEM at all school levels.

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Dr Kate Delaporte

Kate is the Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve, a position that enables her to implement her knowledge of trees and Australian native plants, her skills in working with volunteers and community groups, and grow her various research interests. Kate’s main interest is improving Australian native plants for horticulture by research into propagation, cultivation, and breeding and selecting new varieties and species. She also has interests in supporting indigenous knowledge of food/medicines from plants; renewing the Urban Forest, sustainable agriculture and the environment; amenity horticulture (nursery, cut flower, garden design), general horticulture (in particular small fruits and new crops such as essential oils, herbs, spices and Asian vegetables); re-forestation and plant genome conservation.
Kate has added interests in promoting and enhancing opportunities for women in the workplace, particularly in Science (Agriculture and Horticulture), and promoting STEM at all school levels.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Kate grew up on a mixed farming rural property in the South East of South Australia. After finishing High School, she completed studies in Horticulture at TAFE and worked for various floricultural and horticultural enterprises before enrolling at the University of Adelaide in 1992 to study Agricultural Science. Her Honours project investigated postharvest vase life and genetic relationships between different Banksia species. In 1996, she was awarded a PhD scholarship to investigate Ornamental Eucalypts, sponsored by the Playford Trust. In 2000, she was awarded her PhD for her thesis entitled “Eucalypts for Ornamental Horticulture – selection, interspecific hybridisation and postharvest testing”. Also in 2000, she travelled to Europe and California on a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the use of Australian Plants in regions with a Mediterranean climate.

Dr Delaporte was employed at the University of Adelaide as a Postdoctoral Research fellow on the Ornamental Eucalypts Development Program, with Professor Margaret Sedgley, from 2000-2007. This research was funded by RIRDC grants with further support from industry collaborators and the Playford memorial trust. During this period, Dr Delaporte also lectured in various horticultural and plant breeding subjects: Production Horticulture, Horticultural Science, Postharvest Horticulture and Marketing, and Principles of Plant Breeding.

In 2007 she took up a teaching position in Japan for six months, where she taught about Australian horticulture at the Hyogo Prefecture Awaji Landscape Planning and Horticulture Academy (ALPHA). On her return, she took up employment at Scholefield Robinson Horticultural Services, Parkside, as a Technical consultant, working on a range of projects and with numerous clients. Whilst there she undertook training in Eco-mapping with Eco-conseil and became an accredited practitioner.  During this time, further RIRDC funding from 2008-2011 allowed for work to continue into selection and development of new varieties on a limited basis.

In July 2010, she returned to the University of Adelaide with Drs Cassandra Collins and Michelle Wirthensohn, on a Horticulture Australia Funded project “Gaining a better understanding of Ornamental Eucalypts”.

Most recently, Kate’s research with ornamental eucalypts has progress to the commercialisation phase, and she has received over $1M in funding to progress selected lines through to a commercial outcome. Funding has been awarded funding from the Australian Federal Government's AusIndustry Entrepreneur programs: Commercial Accelerator and Accelerating Commercialisation, in partnership with Adelaide Research and Innovation, as well as the University's Commercial Accelerator Scheme and Bio Innovation SA.

Kate’s experience with development of new and novel Australian plants for horticulture has attracted interest from other new plant industries, and in 2015 she engaged in a research project on the potential development of a Manuka Honey in South Australia, supported by PIRSA. She has co-supervised a PhD Candidate in the area of benchmarking Kunzea pomifera, a promising native berry.

In 2011, Kate was nominated to the Board of the Playford Memorial Trust, where she participates in the Scholarships Committee and the selection of the Playford Trust TAFESA awardees.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Curator, Waite Arboretum, Faulty of Sciences University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2017 - 2017 Curator (Acting) University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2000 Fellowship Churchill Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2011 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Grad Dip Ed
1996 - 2000 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
1992 - 1995 University of Adelaide Australia B Ag Sc (Hons)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Do, C., Panakera-Thorpe, L., Delaporte, K., Croxford, A., & Schultz, C. (2018). Genic simple sequence repeat markers for measuring genetic diversity in a native food crop: a case study of Australian Kunzea pomifera F.Muell. (muntries). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 65(3), 917-937.
DOI
2017 Do, C., Delaporte, K., & Schultz, C. (2017). Benchmarking study of quality parameters of Rivoli Bay selection of Kunzea pomifera (muntries): a new Indigenous crop from Australia. Scientia Horticulturae, 219, 287-293.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2006 Glocke, P., Delaporte, K., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2006). Micropropagation of juvenile tissue of Eucalyptus erythronema x Eucalyptus stricklandii cv. 'Urrbrae Gem'. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-plant, 42(2), 139-143.
DOI Scopus23 WoS19
2005 Delaporte, K., Klieber, A., & Sedgley, M. (2005). Effect of sucrose at different concentrations and cold dry storage on vase-life of three ornamental Eucalyptus species. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 80(4), 471-475.
DOI
2004 Delaporte, K., & Sedgley, M. (2004). Selection and breeding of eucalypts for ornamental horticulture. Acta Horticulturae, 630(630), 77-84.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
2001 Delaporte, K., Conran, J., & Sedgley, M. (2001). Interspecific hybridization between three closely related ornamental Eucalyptus species: E. macrocarpa, E. youngiana and E. pyriformis. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 76(4), 384-391.
Scopus8 WoS8
2001 Delaporte, K., Conran, J., & Sedgley, M. (2001). Morphological analysis to identify the pollen parent of an ornamental interspecific hybrid eucalyptus. Scientia Horticulturae, 89(1), 57-74.
DOI Scopus13 WoS13
2001 Neaylon, K., Delaporte, K., Sedgley, M., Collins, G., & Conran, J. (2001). Molecular analysis of hybrids among the ornamental eucalypts Eucalyptus macrocarpa, E. pyriformis, and E. youngiana. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 126(3), 336-339.
Scopus1 WoS1
2001 Delaporte, K., Conran, J., & Sedgley, M. (2001). Interspecific hybridization within Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae): Subgenus Symphyomyrtus, sections Bisectae and Adnataria. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 162(6), 1317-1326.
DOI Scopus21 WoS21
2001 Delaporte, K., Collins, G., Conran, J., & Sedgley, M. (2001). Molecular analysis of an interspecific hybrid ornamental eucalypt for parental identification. Euphytica, 122(1), 165-170.
DOI Scopus9 WoS7
2000 Delaporte, K., Klieber, A., & Sedgley, M. (2000). Postharvest vase life of flowering Eucalyptus. Ornamentals Update, 15(3), 7-8.
2000 Delaporte, K., & Sedgley, M. (2000). Ornamental Eucalypts species for cut bud and flower production. Australian Plants, 20, 354-359.
2000 Delaporte, K., Klieber, A., & Sedgley, M. (2000). Postharvest vase life of two flowering Eucalyptus species. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 19(2), 181-186.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9
1997 Delaporte, K., Sedgley, M., & Klieber, A. (1997). Improving the vase life of Banksia coccinea by postharvest treatments.. International Protea News, (34), 17-19.
1997 Delaporte, K., Klieber, A., & Sedgley, M. (1997). To pulse or not to pulse? Improving the vase life of banksia coccinea.. Australian Horticulture, (15 August - 14 September), 79-84.
1996 Sedgley, M., Wirthensohn, M., & Delaporte, K. (1996). Interspecific hybridization between Banksia hookeriana Meisn. and Banksia prionotes Lindl (Proteaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 157(5), 638-643.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Do, C., Panakera-Thorpe, L., Delaporte, K., & Schultz, C. (2016). Kunzea pomifera (muntries): Selection validation and evaluation of important horticultural traits. In C. Finn, & B. Mezzetti (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1117 (pp. 31-37). Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Delaporte, K., Collins, C., Wirthensohn, M., & Rigden, J. (2016). Gaining a better understanding of ornamental eucalypts. In N. Onus, & A. Currie (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1127 (pp. 353-359). Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI Scopus1
2015 Delaporte, K., & Rigden, J. (2015). Ornamental eucalypts: From an idea to a commercial reality. In B. Gollnow, & R. McConchie (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1097 (pp. 213-220). Perth, AUSTRALIA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI
2014 Delaporte, K., Wirthensohn, M., & Collins, C. (2014). Ornamental eucalyptus - Something for everyone. In C. Heuser (Ed.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1055 (pp. 91-94). Bellefonte, PA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2010 McConchie, R., Delaporte, K., Ekman, J., Gollnow, B., Lidbetter, J., Srhoj, J., . . . Worrall, R. (2010). Standing out from the bunch: An Australian update on improving quality. In A. Gerber, & L. Hoffman (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 869 (pp. 191-196). Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI
2006 Delaporte, K., & Sedgley, M. (2006). Selection of novel hybrid eucalypts. In M. Johnston (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh Australian Native Flower Conference (pp. 20-23). Queensland: The Centre for Native Floriculture, The University of Qld, Gatton and Flower Association of Qld..

Plant Breeder's Rights

Year Citation
2012 Publication status: Accepted
PBR name: EpEm1001
Eucalyptus pyriformis x E. macrocarpa
Alternative title: Nullarbor Lime
Authors: Delaporte KL
Publication date: 24 January 2012
PBR family name: Eucalyptus
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2011/322
Filed date: 22 December 2011
Record created at source: 9 January 2015
2012 Publication status: Accepted
PBR name: EyEm1001
Eucalyptus youngiana x E. macrocarpa
Alternative title: Nullarbor Rose
Authors: Delaporte KL
Publication date: 24 January 2012
PBR family name: Eucalyptus
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2011/321
Filed date: 22 December 2011
Record created at source: 9 January 2015
2011 Publication status: Accepted
PBR name: Pink SugarCandy
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. caesia ssp. caesia
Authors: Delaporte KL
Publication date: 13 September 2011
PBR family name: Eucalyptus
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2011/108
Filed date: 2 June 2011
Record created at source: 9 January 2015
2011 Publication status: Accepted
PBR name: Toffee Hearts
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. orbifolia
Authors: Delaporte KL
Publication date: 13 September 2011
PBR family name: Eucalyptus
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2011/111
Filed date: 2 June 2011
Record created at source: 9 January 2015
2011 Publication status: Accepted
PBR name: Honey Hearts
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. crucis ssp. crucis
Authors: Delaporte KL
Publication date: 13 September 2011
PBR family name: Eucalyptus
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2011/107
Filed date: 2 June 2011
Record created at source: 9 January 2015
  • 2017-2022 CRC for Honey Bee Products "Leptospermum selection for South Australian Bioactive Honey Industry" $281,000
  • 2015-2017 Accelerating Commercialisation “Ornamental eucalypts – turning an Australian icon into an export opportunity $500,000 matched funding
  • 2014-2015 Commercialisation Australia Proof of Concept grant “Ornamental eucalypt varieties” $500,000 matched funding
  • 2013-2014 BioSA Project "Ornamental Eucalypt Development Program" $101,000
  • 2013-2015 UA ARI CAS "Field trials for proof-of-concept of novel ornamental eucalypt hybrids produced from tissue culture" $75,000 + $25,000
  • 2010-2013 HAL Project "Gaining a better understanding of Ornamental Eucalypts"
  • 2008-2011 RIRDC Project "Progress towards commercial release of ornamental eucalypt varieties"
  • 2004-2007 RIRDC Project "Development of novel eucalypt hybrids" RIRDC Publication No: 08/018
  • 1999-2004 RIRDC Project "Breeding of eucalypt bud and flower lines" RIRDC Publication No: 04/163
  • Horticultural Internships to support Bachelor of Agricultural Science students learning in horticultural techniques
  • Plant Production & Global Climate Change III 
  • Masters in Biotech Molecular Plant Breeding, and practicals in
  • Plant Breeding III practicals

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Principal Supervisor Leptospermum Selection for South Australian Bioactive Honey Production. Genetic Diversity, Environmental Interaction and Plant Improvement Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Tate Jason James Hancox

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Pre-breeding of an Indigenous Crop in Australia, Kunzea pomifera (muntries): Horticultural Production and Genetic Diversity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chi Mai Do

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2011 - ongoing Member Playford Trust Inc Australia

Consulting/Advisories

Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
2015 - 2016 PIRSA Scientific research Australia
2015 - 2015 Private Investment company United States
Position
Curator Waite Arboretum
Phone
83137405
Fax
8313 7102
Campus
Waite
Building
Urrbrae House
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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