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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
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
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
Current marketing activity
Marketing activity updates can be found on the citrus page of Hortlink 2017, edition 1.
Order a Final Report
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
|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).
|Judith Damiani||Citrus Australia||VIC/National|
|Tania Chapman||Colignan Producers Company||VIC|
|Danny Thornton||E. E. Muir and Sons||VIC/SA/NSW|
|Allen Jenkin||Ironbark Citrus Pty Ltd||QLD|
|Wayne Parr||Isis River Orchards||QLD|
|Gavin Porter||ANFIC Ltd||National|
|David Arnold||GM Arnold Son Pty Ltd||SA|
|Dean Morris||Moricom Orchards||NSW|
|Richard de Vos||Chair||Biography|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||May 5, 2016||Mildura, VIC||Download|
|2||December 20, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|3||February 1 and 2, 2017||Ourimbah, NSW||Download|