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Recently completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the apple and pear industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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A needs analysis for IPM R&D in the Apple and Pear Industry

Project Code: AP15014

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink Spring

The purpose of this needs analysis was to provide a better understanding of the current use of integrated pest management (IPM) in the apple and pear industry, to consider the efficacy of the industry’s current IPM Manual in guiding practice, and to investigate whether IPM is an enabler or impediment to market access.

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D for the apple and pear industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition.

National apple and pear grower communications program

Project Code: AP15007

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

Beginning at the end of 2015, this program ensures apple and pear growers are kept up-to-date with the latest industry news, information and R&D updates. Its ultimate goal is to support the industry as a whole to advance and grow, to allow informed decision-making in apple and pear businesses, and to facilitate the uptake of new practices, technologies and information.

Understanding apple and pear production systems in a changing climate
Review of the Biosecurity Plan for the Apple and Pear Industry
InfoPome 3
PIPS Orchard Productivity Program
Profitable pears: maximising productivity and quality of new pear varieties
Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple / Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple – Australian component of AP15002
Integrated pest and disease management – phase 2
Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry
Australian apple and pear industry innovation and adoption program and Delivery of apple and pear Future Orchards extension program
Independent program coordination for apple and pear productivity program
Apple and pear industry leadership initiative – 2016/17
MRL risk analysis for major export markets of the pome fruit industry

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the apple and pear page of Hortlink 2017, edition 1.

Check out the new Aussie Apples television commercial, too. It was launched in Australia on March 25, as part of the Netball Australia partnership described in Hortlink. It will be airing more than 48 times across netball television coverage, and during other programs such as The Project, This Is Us and Nine News at Five. The commercial will be aired in all metropolitan markets nationally, as well as in key regional markets.

Aussie Apples ‘Get Your Crunch On’ TVC from Horticulture Innovation Aus on Vimeo.

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Apple and pear Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Apple and pear SIP at a glance

Apple and pear SIP

The apple and pear Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the apple and pear 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 apple and pear growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's apple and pear Relationship Manager, Mark Spees, by phone on 0439 574 173 or at

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Apple and pear (including AFPIP) Melbourne, VIC May 16, 2016
Apple and pear Gold Coast, QLD June 24, 2016
Apple and pear Stanthorpe, QLD July 21, 2016
Apple and pear Perth Hills, Donnybrook, Manjimup, WA July 25-26, 2016
Apple and pear Adelaide Hills, SA July 29, 2016
Apple and pear Tasmania August 3-4, 2016
Apple and pear Northern & Southern Loop, VIC August 30-31, 2016
Apple and pear Orange/Batlow, NSW August 22-23, 2016
Apple and pear Sydney, NSW November 2, 2016
Apple and pear Melbourne, VIC December 5, 2016
Apple and pear Sydney, NSW March 20 and 21, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the apple and pear industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Mark Spees
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2392
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Industry representative body: Apple & Pear Australia Ltd

128 Jolimont Road
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
T 03 9329 3511
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