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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the citrus industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink 2017, edition 1.

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

Increasing market access, profitability and sustainability through integrated approaches to fungal disease control

Project Code: CT13020

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

Established in 2013, this project addressed fungal disease control in the citrus industry with the goals of minimising the financial impact of fungal diseases, and overcoming market-access barriers related to them. It had a specific focus on citrus black spot (CBS) and emperor brown spot (EBS), and included the investigation of:

  • Fungal disease control protocols
  • Improved fungicide options
  • The use of disease-resistant varieties to reduce the use of fungicides.

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 1.

Development of national strategies to manage citrus gall wasp

Project Code: CT15006

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

Citrus gall wasp is a major and widespread pest in citrus. Established in 2015, this project is developing national management strategies for the wasp based on:

  • Enhanced biological control
  • Better timing of control actions, through investigation of the relationship between weather and the wasp’s development (the development of ‘degree-day’/phenology models)
  • Improved use of oil and other potential repellents
  • Identification of new insecticide options compatible with integrated pest management approaches.
Development of phenology models and a timing guide for the management of Californian red scale in Australian citrus
Australian Citrus Quality Standards – stage 3
Citrus industry communications
Evaluating new citrus varieties 2013-17
Evaluation and commercialisation of new citrus rootstocks
Australian citrus industry innovation and market development program
MRL risk analyses and risk management options for major citrus export markets
Agrichemical residue monitoring program for Australian citrus exports – stage 2
Australian Citrus Post-Harvest Science Program
Citrus technical forums
Protecting Australian citrus germplasm through improved diagnostic tools project
Protecting Australia’s citrus genetic material
Building a genetic foundation for Australia’s citrus future through targeted breeding

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the citrus page of Hortlink 2017, edition 1.

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Strategic Investment Planning process for the citrus industry is almost complete

Public comments on the final draft of the citrus SIP have now closed.

Hort Innovation is assessing feedback received from growers and others and, as appropriate, incorporating it into the final version of the SIP.

If you would like to speak to someone about the SIP, please call Hort Innovation's citrus Relationship Manager, Brad Wells, on 0412 528 398.

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far.

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 citrus SIP.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Citrus Mildura, VIC May 5, 2016
Citrus Leeton, NSW September 13 and 14, 2016
Citrus Perth/Swan Valley, WA October 11, 2016
Citrus Griffith, NSW November 15, 2016
Citrus Sunraysia, VIC December 8, 2016
Citrus Riverland, SA December 9, 2016
Citrus Gayndah, QLD December 16, 2016
Citrus Teleconference December 20, 2016
Citrus Ourimbah, NSW February 1 and 2, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the citrus 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, NSW


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Brad Wells
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2327
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Graeme Yardy
Marketing Lead

T 02 8295 2353
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115 Lime Avenue
Mildura, Victoria 3502
T 03 5023 6333
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