Dr Kate Delaporte

Kate Delaporte
Acting Curator Waite Arboretum
Waite Precinct
Faculty of Sciences

Kate is the Acting 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 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 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.

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Dr Kate Delaporte

Kate is the Acting 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 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 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.

Kate is the Acting 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 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 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 (Acting) University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

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

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)

Keywords

Agriculture, Education, Environmental Management, Horticultural Crop Improvement, Horticultural Production, Horticulture, Plant Biology & Botany, Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology

Journals

Date Citation
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 10.1016/j.scienta.2017.02.048
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 10.1079/IVP2005740
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 10.1080/14620316.2005.11511962
2004 Delaporte,K, Sedgley,M, 2004, Selection and breeding of eucalypts for ornamental horticulture, Acta Horticulturae, 630, 630, 77-84 10.17660/ActaHortic.2004.630.9
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
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
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 10.1016/S0304-4238(00)00223-5
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 10.1023/A:1012619314419
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 10.1086/323276
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 10.1016/S0925-5214(00)00085-5
2000 Delaporte,K, Klieber,A, Sedgley,M, 2000, Postharvest vase life of flowering Eucalyptus, Ornamentals Update, 15, 3, 7-8
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 10.1086/297385

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2016 Delaporte,K, Collins,C, Wirthensohn,M, Rigden,J, 2016, Gaining a better understanding of ornamental eucalypts, 29th International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture - Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC) / International Symposium on Plant Breeding in Horticulture, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1127.55
2016 Do,C, Panakera-Thorpe,L, Delaporte,K, Schultz,C, 2016, Kunzea pomifera (muntries): Selection validation and evaluation of important horticultural traits, 29th International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture - Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC) / 2nd International Berry Fruit Symposium - Interactions! Local and Global Berry Research and Innovation, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1117.6
2015 Delaporte,K, Rigden,J, 2015, Ornamental eucalypts: From an idea to a commercial reality, 8th International Symposium on New Ornamental Crops / 12th International Protea Research Symposium, Perth, AUSTRALIA 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1097.26
2014 Delaporte,K, Wirthensohn,M, Collins,C, 2014, Ornamental eucalyptus - Something for everyone, Meeting of the International-Plant-Propagators-Society, Bellefonte, PA 10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1055.20
2010 McConchie,R, Delaporte,K, Ekman,J, Gollnow,B, Lidbetter,J, Srhoj,J, Seaton,K, Worrall,R, 2010, Standing out from the bunch: An Australian update on improving quality, 9th International Protea Research Symposium, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA 10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.869.23
2006 Delaporte,K, Sedgley,M, 2006, Selection of novel hybrid eucalypts, The Australian Native Flower Conference, Brisbane, Australia

Plant Breeder's Rights

Date Citation
2012 Delaporte,KL; 2012; EyEm1001
Eucalyptus youngiana x E. macrocarpa
2012 Delaporte,KL; 2012; EpEm1001
Eucalyptus pyriformis x E. macrocarpa
2011 Delaporte,KL; 2011; Honey Hearts
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. crucis ssp. crucis
2011 Delaporte,KL; 2011; Toffee Hearts
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. orbifolia
2011 Delaporte,KL; 2011; Pink SugarCandy
Eucalyptus websteriana ssp. norsemanica x E. caesia ssp. caesia
  • 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

Principles in Plant Breeding yearly lecture

Masters in Plant Biotechnology yearly lecture

2012-2017 Do, Chi Mai, PhD candidate

2016 Delano, Paulina Vielma, Masters in Plant Biotechnology

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2011 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
Acting 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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