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Selecting and releasing to industry high quality fresh and dried Australian apricots for export and domestic markets
Project Code: MT12015
Status: Ongoing project
The Australian dried and fresh apricot industries currently grow mainly imported varieties that lack widespread adaptation to Australian climatic conditions. This project aims to develop superior apricot varieties that are locally adapted through a partnership with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) National Apricot Breeding Program.
In its course, the project will address key quality issues relating to both the dried and fresh sectors. For the dried industry, this means delivering consistent high-cropping varieties of easily handled and processed fruit with high total soluble solids (TSS) levels and low dry ratios, to produce a high-quality, attractive dried product in the traditional Australian cut half style.