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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
Completed consultation workshops
|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
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
|Brendan Sidhu||Century Orchards||SA|
|Paul Martin||Century Orchards||SA|
|Domenic Cavallaro||Cavallaro Angle Vale Almond Trust||SA|
|Ben Brown||Select Harvest||NSW/SA/VIC|
|Ross Skinner||Almond Board of Australia||SA/VIC/NSW/WA|
|Troy Richman||Almas Almonds||VIC|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||June 14, 2006||Mildura, VIC||Download|
|2||February 2, 2017||Glenelg, SA||Download|
|3||March 22, 2017||Loxton, SA||Download|
|4||August 9, 2017||Loxton, SA||Download|
|5||January 12, 2018||Teleconference||Download|
|6||March 14, 2018||Mildura, VIC||Download|