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New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the table grape industry below, and in more detail in the relevant Hortlink.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.
Effect of sulphur dioxide and cold on survival of insects during the storage of table grapes
Project Code: TG15003
Status: Completed project
With Australian table grape exports increasing rapidly in recent years, this project sought to strengthen the relationship with the Chinese market specifically. It looked at six potential insect pests of concern, producing data to demonstrate that, should they make their way into consignments, they will not survive current cold and sulphur dioxide (SO2) treatments – giving growers, exporters and importers added peace of mind.
Cold disinfestation verification trials for table grape access to Japan
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects for the table grape industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
Evaluation of dried and table grape varieties
Project Code: MT15026
Status: Ongoing project
Underway since 2016, this multi-industry project will deliver new grape varieties for both the table grape and dried grape industries.
For table grapes, new varieties adapted to local conditions will enable Australia to differentiate its products in international markets, enhance export opportunities and increase domestic consumption. The new varieties will reduce production costs and minimise issues such as berry collapse in Thompson seedless, as well as poor budburst and low fruit bearing in sub-tropical regions. Early and late ripening types, and those with favourable long-term storage and transport characteristics, will also extend the season and provide opportunities to develop new markets.
Australian table grape industry communications project
Export market access, maintenance, biosecurity and developing export markets for the Australian table grape industry
Table grape industry minor use program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Asia Fruit Logistica
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the table grape page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
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Table grape Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The table grape Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the table grape 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 table grape growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's table grape Relationship Manager, Brad Wells, by phone on 0412 528 398 or by email.
Completed consultation workshops
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||August 2, 2016|
|Table Grape||Teleconference||September 2, 2016|
|Table Grape||St George, QLD||September 28, 2016|
|Table Grape||Emerald, QLD||September 29, 2016|
|Table Grape||Mildura, VIC||October 3 and 4, 2016|
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||October 5, 2016|
|Table Grape||Carnavon, WA||October 12, 2016|
|Table Grape||Swan Valley, WA||October 13, 2016|
|Table Grape||Melbourne, VIC||December 15, 2016|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the table grape industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Domenic Sergi||SJDC Produce||VIC|
|Enrique Rossi||Budou R&D / Budou Farms||VIC|
|Brian Charles||Tumut Grove||VIC|
|Richard Lomman||JDM Nominees||QLD|
|Jeff Scott||Australian Table Grape Association||VIC|
|Mark Krstic||The Australian Wine Research Institute||VIC|
|Brendan Larkin||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
|Bruce Tomkins||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||VIC|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|Meeting 1||August 1-2, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|Meeting 2||September 2, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|Meeting 3||December 15, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|