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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the strawberry industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

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Developing virus molecular diagnostics for post entry quarantine and certification of strawberry runners

Project Code: BS12009

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink Spring

Starting at the beginning of 2013, this three-year project was largely funded by voluntary contributions, with some levy funding. It focused on the biosecurity of the Australian strawberry industry, with the development of improved tools to underpin quarantine access to planting material, and supporting the certification of strawberry runners.


New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the strawberry industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Facilitating the development of the Australian strawberry industry – national oversight and communications

Project Code: BS15002

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

Established in 2016, this project has a focus on facilitating the adoption of innovation and R&D within the strawberry industry through key communication channels.

It is linked to projects Facilitating the development of the Australian strawberry industry – sub-tropical regional delivery (BS15003) and Facilitating the development of the Australian strawberry industry – temperate regional delivery (BS15004).


Combined, the development program is geared towards improving knowledge and skills, and supporting practice change to ensure the profitability and sustainability of the industry.

National strawberry varietal improvement program
Improved management of charcoal rot of strawberry
Strawberry industry minor use program
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
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
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Strawberry Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

 Strawberry SIP at a glance

 Strawberry SIP

The Strawberry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the strawberry 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 strawberry growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's strawberry Relationship Manager, Bradley Mills, by phone on 0408 635 465 or

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Strawberry Caboolture, QLD August 25, 2016
Strawberry Melbourne, VIC November 29, 2016
Strawberry Melbourne, VIC March 1 and 2, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the strawberry industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

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Contacts at Hort Innovation

Bradley Mills
Relationship Manager

T 03 9691 3523
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Industry representative body: Strawberries Australia Inc

PO Box 84
Coldstream, VIC 3770
T 0417 538 535
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