Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 - UniQuest Pty Limited
Patriotic Australians are invited to celebrate our national day by planting a new native plant variety.

Queensland-based Australian native plants innovator Aussie Colours Pty Ltd has launched its latest brightly coloured green and gold flowering shrub in time for anyone looking to commemorate the Australia Day holiday with a gift for their garden.

‘Gold Dust’ (Ozothamnus diotophyllus) was developed at The University of Queensland (UQ -, in partnership with the Centre for Native Floriculture. It is the latest native plant released as part of the “Aussie Cottage Collection” of ornamental plants Aussie Colours has developed since the company was established in 2007 by UQ’s main research commercialisation company, UniQuest.

Gold Dust is an abundantly flowering Australian shrub with striking yellow flowers and green-grey foliage. With the ability to flower all year round, Gold Dust is suited to both garden beds and patio pots in all states of Australia.

Aussie Colours General Manager, Jose Florenciano, said the launch was timed to remind gardeners not only of the coming celebration of our national day, but also that Australian native plants can be used to bring colour to Australian gardens in all seasons.

“Like most Australians, Gold Dust can handle hot and dry conditions, as well as humidity, making it an ideal low watering sustainable plant,” Mr Florenciano said.

“Planting Gold Dust now will add a splash of patriotic colour to your garden for Australia Day and be well-established before the drier months ahead.”

Gold Dust will be available nationwide at a range of retail outlets leading up to Australia Day, including many independent stores stocking native plants and also Masters in NSW and Bunnings and Big W in Queensland.

Aussie Colours has the exclusive worldwide licence for the novel varieties that have been developed by the Centre, as well as future varieties such as a new range of native Hibiscus to be launched later this year.

Aussie Colours plants are brightly coloured, drought-resistant and flower all year round, unlike many traditional colourful plants that flower for only six to eight weeks. There are currently 10 products in its “Aussie Cottage Collection”, which is designed to give gardeners and landscapers an Australian alternative to the traditional annuals developed in and for Europe.

Aussie Colours has launched one product in the USA and has many more under trial for possible release over the next few years.

About Aussie Colours Pty Ltd
Aussie Colours is a plant breeding and marketing company maximising the commercial potential of Australia’s native flora. The enterprise was established by UniQuest Pty Limited, the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland and has maintained links with the Centre for Native Floriculture, an entity within the University. The Centre has an extensive flowering plant selection and breeding program which has been operating since 2003. Investment from the Brisbane Angels and TeQstart has enabled Aussie Colours to flourish as an Australian university start-up and promote unique Australian native plants to gardeners, landscapers and florists all round the world. Aussie Colours also assists other native plant breeders with commercialisation of their varieties, including assessments of commercial potential and development of commercialisation strategies.

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Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. From an intellectual property portfolio of 1,500+ patents it has created over 60 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $400 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at $3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland and its commercialisation partner institutions: the University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania, Mater Medical Research Institute, and Queensland Health. UniQuest also provides access to an expansive and exclusive network of independent academics to tailor a consulting or project R&D solution to meet the diverse needs of industry and government, facilitating some 500 consulting, expert opinion, testing, and contract research services each year. UniQuest is also a leading Australasian provider of international development assistance recognised for excellence in technical leadership, management and research. Working with agencies such as AusAID, NZAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, UniQuest has developed and implemented more than 400 projects in 46 countries throughout the Pacific, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Africa.
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