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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the almond industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink 2017, edition 1.
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Australian Almond Industry Communications
Project Code: AL11005
Status: Completed project
Beginning in 2011, this project has now concluded. Over its life, it focused on providing a broad range of timely information to Australian almond growers and other industry stakeholders, to keep the almond community well informed and in a place to make improved business decisions. It is continued by the Australian almond industry communications program (AL16000).
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
Advanced processing of almonds
Project Code: AL12003
Status: Ongoing project
This project aims to address some of the industry’s priorities relating to post-harvest processing of almonds. Since kicking off in 2013, in partnership with the University of Australia, it has evolved to support:
- A PhD student undertaking research into effective aeration and dehydration of bulk almonds in silos, bunkers and sheds
- A post-doc Research Fellow undertaking research into the effective hulling of almonds in-field and during processing, as well as into improved cracking of almonds
- Work into technologies to sense temperatures of almonds and their waste in stockpiles, to yield map almond pick-up in the orchards, to compare methods of storing bulk almonds and to develop almond hulling, cracking and cleaning equipment (through the use of final-year mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students).
Management of Carpophilus beetle in almonds
Better tree performance and water use efficiency through root system resilience
Pollination as a controlling factor in almond yield
Identifying factors that influence spur productivity in almond
Managing almond production in a variable and changing climate
Almond productivity: Tree architecture and development of new growing systems
Almond industry statistics and data collection 2017-19
Australian almond industry communications program
Australian almond industry innovation and adoption program
Almond study tour
Development of high health status mother planting for new Australian almond varieties
Almond minor use permit program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
Information on current marketing projects can be found on the almond page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
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Almond Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The almond Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the almond industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.
The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving almond growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's almond Relationship Manager, Corrine Jasper, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops
|Almond||Mildura, VIC||June 14, 2016|
|Almond||Melbourne, VIC||November 18, 2016|
|Almond||Glenelg, SA||February 10, 2017|
|Almond||Loxton, SA||March, 22, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
|Brendan Sidhu||Jubilee Almonds||SA|
|Paul Martin||Century Orchards||SA|
|Domenic Cavallaro||Cavallaro Angle Vale Almond Trust||SA|
|Ben Brown||Select Harvest||NSW/SA/VIC|
|Ross Skinner||Almond Board of Australia||SA/VIC/NSW/WA|
|Troy Richman||Almas Almonds||VIC|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||June 14, 2006||Mildura, VIC||Download|
|2||February 2, 2017||Glenelg, SA||Download|
|3||March 22, 2017||Loxton, SA||Download|