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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the almond industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Pollination as a controlling factor in almond yield

Project Code: AL14004

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 3


This research was designed to answer important questions about constraints to nut production, and how they interact with pollination. However, all the experiments conducted in the study strongly indicated that increasing pollination rates will increase yield, without compromising quality.

The recommendations for growers from the research work is that maximising flower production is the foundation for boosting nut production under current pollination practices. Even though there may appear to be ‘surplus’ flowers, the data shows that on average spurs with more flowers make more fruit. Orchard management strategies that decrease self-shading will lead to greater nut production when combined with ample pollination. The researchers found that high light availability to spurs increased the conversion of pollinated flowers into fruit, even though it did not increase flower number.

Australian Almond Industry – Liaison and Extension Project

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2018, edition 1.

An integrated pest management program for the Australian almond industry

Project Code: AL16009

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

Contracted by Hort Innovation in December 2017, this new investment will help growers tackle the problem of insect pests and the damage they cause almond crops, both in the orchard and after harvest.

With a focus on integrated pest management, the program will develop a toolkit of practices, technologies and guidelines to help growers reduce insect populations.

An integrated disease management program for the Australian almond industry
Evaluation of potential prunus rootstocks for almond production – stage 2
Identifying factors that influence spur productivity in almond
Almond productivity: Tree architecture and development of new growing systems
Advanced processing of almonds
Australian almond industry innovation and adoption program
Almond study tour
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
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Almond Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Almond SIP at a glance

Almond SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's almond Relationship Manager, Corrine Jasper, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or at

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Almond Mildura, VIC June 14, 2016
Almond Melbourne, VIC November 18, 2016
Almond Glenelg, SA February 10, 2017
Almond Loxton, SA March, 22, 2017
Almond Loxton, SA August 9, 2017
Almond Teleconference January 12, 2018
Almond Mildura, VIC March 14, 2018

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel

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

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel

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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

Corrine Jasper
Relationship Manager

T 0439 433 885
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Industry representative body: Almond Board of Australia

1801 Bookpurnong Road
Loxton, SA 5333
T 08 8584 7053
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