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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the cherry industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Review of host status of cherries for codling moth
Project Code: CY16008
Status: Completed project
Beginning in early 2017, this short project was responsible for establishing the risk of codling moth in the cherry export pathway.
Currently, Japan and Korea apply strict entry requirements for cherries originating in areas where codling moth is found. But while the moth (Cydia pomonella) is a common pest of pome fruit, particularly apples and pears, evidence of cherries actually being a host has been scattered and unclear over the years. The researchers note that the primary basis on which cherries are considered a host of the pest is a publication from 1926, which described cherries infested with ‘codling-moth-like’ larvae.
Optimal management of pre-harvest rot in sweet cherry
National cherry development 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 4.
Methyl bromide disinfestation of cherries for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly)
Project Code: CY16009
Status: New project
This new project was contracted by Hort Innovation in October to provide data packages on the use of methyl bromide as a post-harvest disinfestation fumigant for Queensland fruit fly on cherries. This information will be used to help develop improved market access with commercially viable protocols.
Its work is part of the Cherry Industry Market Access Program – a high-priority, combined initiative to increase market access for cherries that is providing management practices and evidential support for market-access negotiations.
Implementing brown sugar flotation (BSF) for assuring freedom of fruit from Qfly
Export readiness and market access
Developing market access to the US for cherries based on irradiation and methyl bromide
Australian cherry evaluation utilising precocious rootstocks
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the cherry industry and development of a biosecurity manual for cherry producers
Improving fruit quality and consistency in cherries through maximised nutrient availability
Cherry industry minor use program
Cherry communications program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
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 cherry page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4
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Cherry Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The Cherry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the cherry 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 cherry growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's cherry Relationship Manager, Mark Spees, by phone on 0439 574 173 or email@example.com.
Completed consultation workshops
|Cherry||Teleconference||May 19, 2016|
|Cherry||Melbourne, VIC||July 18, 2016|
|Cherry||Melbourne, VIC||July 19, 2016|
|Cherry||Manjimup, WA||July 26, 2016|
|Cherry||Tasmania||August 3, 2016|
|Cherry||Yarra Valley, VIC||August 8, 2016|
|Cherry||Young, Orange / Mudgee, NSW||August 22 and 23, 2016|
|Cherry||Teleconference||February 9, 2017|
|Cherry||Teleconference||May 2, 2017|
|Cherry||Sydney, NSW||July 27 and 28, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the cherry industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Andrew Smith||Smiths Fruit||VIC|
|Michael Rouget||Koala Country Orchards||VIC|
|Tom Eastlake||Eastlake's Family Tree||NSW|
|Fiona Hall||Caernarvon Cherry Co. & Bonny Glen Fruits||NSW|
|Anthony Hannaford||Torren Valley Orchards||SA|
|Nic Hansen||Cherries Tasmania Orchard||TAS|
|Lucy Gregg||Reid Fruits||TAS|
|Michael Batinich||E.B Batinich & Co||NSW|
|Dugald Close||Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture||TAS|
|Richard de Vos||Chair||Biography|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||July 18 and 19, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|2||February 9, 2017||Teleconference||Download|
|3||May 2, 2017||Teleconference||Download|
|4||July 27 and 28, 2017||Sydney, NSW||Download|