Australian passionfruit industry communications program (PF16003)
Status: New project
Key research provider: Passionfruit Australia
What’s it all about? Beginning in September 2017 to carry on and expand the duties of previous project Communication program for the passionfruit industry (PF13004), this new investment will continue to keep Australian passionfruit growers and other industry stakeholders informed about the latest R&D and marketing activities, essential best practice information, and other key industry news, information and resources.
Specifically, the project is responsible for…
- Production of The Passion Vine magazine, which is delivered to industry quarterly and has recently been re-designed under the project
- Passiflora Monthly e-newsletters, a new addition to the communications program
- Updating and maintenance of the www.passionfruitaustralia.org.au website, which has been redeveloped under the project
- Delivery of regional field days and research forums, which will communicate current and past research, showcase new innovations, and facilitate the sharing of resources and knowledge across the industry.The first round of regional field days begun in October 2017, with upcoming events including a series of regional field days focusing on soil health across major growing areas in the first half of 2018, plus a research forum to tie in with the Hort Connections event taking place in Brisbane during June 2018.Look for details of upcoming events in industry communication channels as they become available.
Check out the new website at www.passionfruitaustralia.org.au and sign up for the Passiflora e-newsletter if you are not already a subscriber.
Tropical fruit export strategy (MT17002)
Status: New project
Key research provider: McKINNA et al
What’s it all about? This short multi-industry project will support the building of sustainable export markets and supply chain capabilities for a range of tropical commodities, including passionfruit, banana, lychee, papaya and persimmon. It has been tasked with developing a collective export strategy for these fruits – a road map for growing export markets, underpinned by information on each high-prospect market for each fruit category.
What’s the latest update? This investment was contracted by Hort Innovation in November. Look for information on the completed strategy in future editions of Hortlink and in industry channels.
National passionfruit breeding program (PF15000)
Status: Ongoing project
Key research provider: Southern Cross University
What’s it all about? Established in mid-2016, this three-year project with Southern Cross University is focused on the development and evaluation of new passionfruit varieties to ensure the sustainability of the industry. It is working towards the release of new commercial varieties before varietal decline affects the profitability of current ones such as Sweetheart and Misty Gem.
The project is also selecting and trialling new rootstocks, conducting Panama breeding and establishing an industry seedbank to conserve and enhance current passionfruit genetic material in Australia.
What’s the latest update? With an official project update now due to Hort Innovation, you’ll find full details in the next edition of Hortlink – including an update on the rootstock and Panama variety work that was recently added to the scope of the research.
In the meantime, researcher Peter Bundock provided a detailed summary of recent project activities for the spring 2017 edition of The Passion Vine magazine, produced under the industry’s new communications program described above. Check out this breeding program update on p8 here.
Passionfruit industry minor use program (PF16000)
Status: Ongoing project
Key research provider: Hort Innovation
What’s it all about? Through this project, levy funds and Australian Government contributions are used to renew and apply for new minor use permits for the passionfruit industry. These submissions are prepared and submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
What’s the latest update? All current minor use permits for the industry are searchable at portal.apvma.gov.au/permits. Permit updates are also circulated in Hort Innovation’s Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which levy-paying members receive monthly. Not a member? Sign up to our membership program for free here.