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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.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

Optimal management of pre-harvest rot in sweet cherry

Project Code: CY13001

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

This three-year project has helped develop knowledge of the identity and management of pre-harvest rot pathogens in sweet cherries. A number of key resources have been produced for growers out of its work include, detailed in Hortlink.

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 2.

Cherry communications program

Project Code: CY15002

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

This program is focused on maintaining and improving 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.


This program is supported by the project Cherry communications support(CY16003), which provides funding to Cherry Growers Australia to facilitate work with the communication program’s external service provider.

Improving fruit quality and consistency in cherries through maximised nutrient availability
Cherry Industry Market Access Program (multiple projects)
Thrips species in NSW cherries and the timing of associated ring russet injury
Australian cherry evaluation utilising precocious rootstocks
Cherry industry minor use program
Cherry communications program
Export readiness and market access
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Continuation of pilot systems to validate Pest Free Place of Production for Queensland fruit fly in the Yarra Valley

Marketing activity

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

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Cherry Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Cherry SIP at a glance

Cherry SIP

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

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
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).

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

Read articles on the cherry industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Mark Spees
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2392
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2350
Send an email

Industry representative body: Cherry Growers Australia Inc.

262 Argyle Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
T 03 6231 1229
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