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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink
New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the avocado industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.
Achieving more consistent yields of quality fruit in the Australian avocado industry
Project Code: AV14000
Status: Completeed project
With irregular bearing identified as a key issue in the Australian avocado industry, this three-year project was established in 2015 to provide growers with the knowledge required to implement practices for more consistent high yields of good-quality avocados from year to year. It had a strong focus on delivering workshops and resources to growers. Full details are available in the project wrap-up in Hortlink 2018, edition 1. All resources and learnings from the project also remain available in the industry’s Best Practice Resource (BPR).
Data management and quality innovation extension program
Australian avocado benchmarking program development rounds II & III
Improving yield and quality in avocado through disease management – phase 2 (AV 10001)
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.
Improving avocado orchard productivity through disease management
Project Code: AV16007
Status: New project
This project will identify strategies to minimise the effects of key diseases in avocado orchards and in fruit as it progresses through the supply chain – helping the avocado industry increase orchard productivity and fruit quality.
The project will have a focus on diseases and issues including Phytophthora root rot; Phellinus brown root rot; Nectriaceous black root rot; stem end rot; and branch and graft dieback.
The dedicated Phytophthora component will involve the work of a Murdoch University team.
Avocado export readiness and market access
Implementation of recommendations from the Avocado Nursery Voluntary Accreditation Scheme review
Avocado industry biosecurity capacity building
Review of national biosecurity plans
Maximising yield and reducing seasonal variation
Investigating tree mortality during early field establishment
Avocado industry and market data capture and analysis
Supply chain quality improvement – cool chain best practice guidelines
Supply chain quality improvement – retailer point of purchase improvements
Supply chain quality improvement – technologies and practices to reduce bruising
Pest status and management of six-spotted mite (Eotetranychus sexmaculatus) in WA avocado orchards
Avocado industry minor use program
National avocado industry communications program
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the avocado page of read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1
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Avocado Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The avocado Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the avocado 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 avocado growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's avocado Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops
|Avocado||Pemberton, WA||August 31, 2016|
|Avocado||Mareeba, QLD||September 16, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||October 13, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||December 12, 2016|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||February 21, 2017|
|Avocado||Brisbane, QLD||July 31, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the avocado industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Daryl Boardman||Sunnyspot Farms||QLD|
|Kylie Collins||Blushing Acres||QLD|
|Jennie Franceschi||Avocado Export Company||WA|
|Simon Grabbe||Simpson Farms||QLD|
|Stewart Ipsen||West Pemberton Avocadoes||WA|
|Xhemal (Jim) Kochi||Tinaroo Falls Avocado Pty Ltd||QLD|
|Simon Newett||Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||QLD|
|Cormac te Kloot||Costa||VIC|
|Neil Delroy||Jasper Farms||WA|
|John Walsh||Simpson Farms||QLD|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||October 20, 2016||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|2||December 12, 2016||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|3||February 21, 2017||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|4||July 31, 2017||Brisbane, QLD||Download|