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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about some of the recently completed projects for the apple and pear industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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MRL risk analysis for major export markets of the pome fruit industry

Project Code: AP14002

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 3

This project was responsible for collecting information on export requirements with regards to pesticides and residue limits, and maintaining maximum residue limit (MRL) tables for nine key export markets. Throughout the project, these tables were supplied to APAL for distribution to industry. Hort Innovation is currently looking at establishing a new work in this space.

Review of the Biosecurity Plan for the Apple and Pear Industry
Understanding apple and pear production systems in a changing climate
Australian apple and pear industry market development program
A needs analysis for IPM RD&E in the apple and pear industry

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D for the apple and pear industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.

An integrated pest, disease and weed management program for the Australian apple and pear industry

Project Code: AP16007

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This new program was contracted by Hort Innovation in October to improve the ability and capacity of growers to develop and maintain pest-resilient farming systems using integrated pest management (IPM).  It will provide clear knowledge on the tools and systems required to implement IPM, which involves the effective combination of chemical, cultural and biological methods to control pests, diseases and other undesirables in a ‘whole of system’ approach. It will also provide support in adopting these tools and practices.

Specifically, the project team will be responsible for revising the industry’s existing IPM Manual to put a greater focus on the integration of management practices that optimise monitoring and management of pests and diseases. Regional differences in pests and diseases will also be taken into consideration, with the project delivering region-specific guidelines and training for growers and advisors.

Apple and pear crop estimate
Australian apple and pear industry innovation and adoption program (AP15004) and Delivery of apple and pear Future Orchards extension program
PIPS Orchard Productivity Program
Integrated pest and disease management – phase 2
Profitable pears: maximising productivity and quality of new pear varieties
Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry
Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple and Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple – Australian component of
Variety evaluation and tree certification services for the apple and pear industry
Apple and pear industry minor use program
National apple and pear grower communications program
InfoPome 3
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
Independent program coordination for apple and pear productivity program
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Global Masterclass in Horticultural Business
Attracting new entrants into Australian horticulture – promoting careers in horticulture

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the apple and pear page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4

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Apple and pear Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Apple and pear SIP at a glance

Apple and pear SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's apple and pear Relationship Manager, Mark Spees, by phone on 0439 574 173 or at

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Apple and pear (including AFPIP) Melbourne, VIC May 16, 2016
Apple and pear Gold Coast, QLD June 24, 2016
Apple and pear Stanthorpe, QLD July 21, 2016
Apple and pear Perth Hills, Donnybrook, Manjimup, WA July 25-26, 2016
Apple and pear Adelaide Hills, SA July 29, 2016
Apple and pear Tasmania August 3-4, 2016
Apple and pear Northern & Southern Loop, VIC August 30-31, 2016
Apple and pear Orange/Batlow, NSW August 22-23, 2016
Apple and pear Sydney, NSW November 2, 2016
Apple and pear Melbourne, VIC December 5, 2016
Apple and pear Sydney, NSW March 20 and 21, 2017
Apple and pear Melbourne, VIC September 18 and 19, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


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

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

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

Mark Spees
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2392
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Industry representative body: Apple & Pear Australia Ltd

128 Jolimont Road
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
T 03 9329 3511
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