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Recently completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the strawberry industry.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

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

Project Code: BS12009

Status: Completed project

Read more at 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.

It resulted in the production of a draft diagnostic manual, submitted for review and subsequent endorsement by the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network and to be integrated into the Victorian Strawberry Industry Certification Authority scheme.


Full details can be found in the project’s final report, which will be available to order at Hort Innovation’s Final Report order form  (final reports are free to Australian horticulture levy payers, registered Hort Innovation members and industry representative bodies).

New and ongoing R&D projects

Read about some of the new and ongoing projects for the strawberry industry. The latest updates for these can be found at Hortlink Spring.

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

Project Code: BS15002

Status: Ongoing project

Read more at Hortlink Spring

Established earlier 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
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Strategic Investment Planning process for the strawberry industry is almost complete



If you would like to submit comments, please view the draft and then use the comment form. You have until February 9, 2017 to get in any final feedback.

If you'd rather speak to a real person, you can ring Hort Innovation's strawberry Relationship Manager, Bradley Mills on 0408 635 465 or Fund Manager, Stuart Burgess on 0417 536 300.

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas so far. If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, then now's the time!

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 strawberry SIP.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Strawberry Melbourne, VIC November 29, 2016

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

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SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

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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

4 Lawler Lane
Coldstream, VIC 3770
T 0409 439 122
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