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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
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 2.
National apple and pear grower communications program
Project Code: AP15007
Status: Ongoing project
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
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
Apple and pear industry minor use program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
Consumption of juiced fruit and vegetables data analytics
Prevar 3: new pomme fruit products
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the apple and pear page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
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.
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Apple and pear Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops
|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).
|Barnett Sinclair Hyams||Guevgeli Orchard||NSW|
|James Walters||Lenswood Co‐operative||SA|
|John Power||Batlow Fruit Co-operative||NSW|
|Kevin Sanders||H&LM Sanders||VIC|
|Peter Hall||M J Hall and Sons (pear grower)||VIC|
|Phil Pyke||Fruit Growers Tasmania||TAS|
|Robert Green||Oakleigh Orchards||SA|
|Scott Dunk||N&A Group||NSW|
|Craig Chester||Apple and Pear Australia Ltd||VIC|
|David Williams||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
|Richard de Vos||Chair||Biography|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|Meeting 1||May 16, 2016||Melbourne Airport, VIC||Download|
|Meeting 2||June 14, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|Meeting 3||June 24, 2016||Gold Coast, QLD||Download|
|Meeting 4||November 2, 2016||Sydney, NSW||Download|
|Meeting 5||November 17, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|Meeting 6||March 20 and 21, 2017||Sydney, NSW||Download|