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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the banana industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

Scoping herbicide impacts on banana production and soil health

Project Code: BA13002

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

This projects sought to understand how registered herbicides for the banana industry may affect soil health, and how this, in turn, may relate to banana productivity.

Communications project for the banana industry
Banana plant protection program

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

Coordination of banana industry research and development (Panama TR4)

Project Code: BA14012

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2


The objective of this project is to coordinate the industry’s efforts, and build the knowledge and capacity, to manage and contain the Panama Tropical Race 4 (Panama TR4) fungal disease, first identified in Queensland in March 2015. The Australian Banana Growers’ Council’s Dr Rosie Godwin is employed under this project as the Banana Industry R&D Manager, to ensure R&D on Panama TR4 has tangible outcomes for banana growers that are adopted on-farm.

Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 – biosecurity and sustainable solutions
Integrated management of Yellow Sigatoka
Cause and management of crown rot of banana
The Australian banana industry communications program
Banana strategic industry development
NSW banana industry development officer
Improved plant protection for the banana industry
National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – QLD and National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – NSW
Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 research program
Horticulture Nuffield Scholarships 2016/2017/2018
Banana industry congress 2017
Strengthening the banana industry diagnostic capacity
Banana industry minor use program
Review of the national biosecurity plan for the banana industry
National banana development and extension project

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the banana page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

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Banana Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Banana SIP at a glance

Banana SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's Banana Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 0405 306 334 or at

Completed consultation workshops on the Banana SIP

Industry Location Timing
Banana Brisbane, QLD May 6, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD May 11, 2016
Banana Teleconference June 30, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD October 31, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD November 1, 2016
Banana Teleconference November 7, 2016
Banana South Johnstone, QLD March 10, 2017
Banana Cairns, QLD March 24, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the banana 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

^Panel members have been recruited for strategic research advisory purposes only. *Panel members have been recruited for strategic marketing advisory purposes only.

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

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

Read articles on the banana industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Astrid Hughes
Relationship Manager

T 07 3198 6751
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Elisa King
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2332
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Industry representative body: Australian Banana Growers’ Council

Unit 3, South Gate East Commercial Centre
250 Sherwood Road
Rocklea, Queensland 4106
T 07 3278 4786
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