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Recently completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the cherry industry.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

Optimal management of pre-harvest rot in sweet cherry

Project Code: CY13001

Status: Near-completed project

Read more at Hortlink Spring

Due for completion by the end of November, this project has had a number of key aims around knowledge and management of pre-harvest rot in sweet cherries. These have included: to clarify the key pathogens involved in pre-harvest rot, to ensure management is targeted at the right pathogens; to determine infection pathways for these pathogens, to ensure management is targeted at the right time; to develop a weather-based tool for growers that can be used to gauge infection risk of certain pathogens; to develop a monitoring protocol in which pre-harvest rot incidence can be used to gauge rot risk at harvest.

The project’s final report will be summarised in the next edition of Hortlink and, when available, will be able to be ordered at Hort Innovation’s Final Report order form (final reports are free to Australian horticulture levy payers, registered Hort Innovation members and industry representative bodies).


New and ongoing R&D projects

Read about some of the new and ongoing projects for the cherry industry. The latest updates for these can be found at Hortlink Spring.

Cherry communications program

Project Code: CY15002

Status: New project, carrying on from Maintenance and ongoing development of communications across the Australian cherry industry (CY11026)

Read more at Hortlink Spring

Like its predecessor, this program is focused on strong communication with cherry growers and other industry stakeholders. It works to supply timely industry news, R&D updates, marketing outcomes and other key information so that growers are able to make informed decisions as new opportunities and challenges arise.

National cherry development program
Improving fruit quality and consistency in cherries through maximised nutrient availability
Other R&D projects of note

Current marketing activity

Information on current marketing activity can be found on the cherry page at Hortlink Spring.

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Strategic Investment Planning process for the cherry industry is almost complete



If you would like to submit comments, please view the draft and then use the comment form. You have until Friday 10 February 2017 to get in any final feedback.

If you'd rather speak to a real person, you can ring Mark Spees, Relationship Manager at Hort Innovation on 0439 574 173 or email directly

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far. If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, then now's the time!

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the cherry SIP.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Cherry Young, Orange / Mudgee, NSW w/c August 22, 2016

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the cherry industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and 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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Claire Tindale-Penning
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2311
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Industry representative body: Cherry Growers Australia Inc.

262 Argyle Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
T 03 6231 1229
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