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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the summerfruit industry below, and in more detail in the relevant Hortlink.
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Increased stone fruit profitability by consistently meeting market expectations
Project Code: SF12003
Status: Completed project
Established in 2012, this project has been responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a world-class summerfruit field research facility: the Stonefruit Field Laboratory at DEDJTR-Tatura in Victoria.
The field laboratory has the broad objective to evaluate how orchard management (crop load, radiation interception, rootstock and irrigation) affects fruit quality and its variability (including sweetness, firmness and maturity) in selected varieties of peach, nectarine, plum and apricot.
Australian Stonefruit Grower Magazine 2016
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects for the summerfruit industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
Summerfruit export strategy
Project Code: SF17001
Status: Ongoing project
Contracted by Hort Innovation in late October, this short new project aims to build and extend the Australian summerfruit industry’s export success in suitable global markets. It will develop an export strategy detailing priority markets for summerfruit export and the route-to-market for each of these markets, to help deliver sustainable trade growth for the industry.
National biosecurity plan for the summerfruit industry
Rootstock and training system to optimise early stone fruit bearing and growth
Selecting and releasing to industry high quality fresh and dried Australian apricots for export and domestic markets
Comparing stonefruit ripening, quality and volatile composition
China market readiness and entry
Summerfruit industry minor use program
Summerfruit communications strategy development
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the summerfruit page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
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Summerfruit Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The summerfruit Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the summerfruit 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 summerfruit growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's summerfruit Relationship Manager, Mark Spees by phone on 0 439 574 173 or by email.
Completed consultation workshops
|Summerfruit||Teleconference||February 22, 2016|
|Summerfruit||Teleconference||May 5, 2016|
|Summerfruit||Perth, WA||July 25, 2016|
|Summerfruit||Melbourne, VIC||August 5, 2016|
|Summerfruit||Teleconference||February 14, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the summerfruit industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Andrew Finlay||Pikes Creek Orchard||QLD|
|Ian McAlister||Sunfruit Orchards||VIC|
|Kelvin Free||Duralgai Horticultural||VIC|
|Michael Batinich||E.B Batinich & Co||NSW|
|Michael Trautwein||Zest Fruit||SA|
|John Moore||Summerfruit Aus Ltd (SAL)||NSW|
|Mark Wilkinson||Sunpick Orchards||WA|
|Bruce Tomkins||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
|Richard de Vos||Chair||Biography|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||August 5, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|2||February 14, 2017||Teleconference||Download|
|3||May 17, 2017||Adelaide, SA||Download|