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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the banana industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 – biosecurity and sustainable solutions

Project Code: BA14013

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This project, which began in mid-2015 and recently concluded, had a focus on biosecurity strategies around the Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) fungus – one of the most destructive diseases of banana. The work has delivered new science, information and practices to help in avoiding, containing, and managing TR4.

Project activities were geared towards helping the industry successfully contain the disease and prevent further spread of the fungus through the adoption of robust, science-based biosecurity practices; and facilitating the development of economically viable production systems capable of minimising inoculum build-up, suitable for use on infected or at-risk farms.

The project team report that adoption of effective biosecurity practices on north Queensland banana farms has been significantly supported by project activities, which included – but weren’t limited to – identifying and communicating…

Banana plant protection program
Scoping herbicide impacts on banana production and soil health
Communications project for the banana industry

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 2017, edition 4

Banana strategic industry development manager

Project Code: BA16008

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4


This new investment in the Hort Innovation Banana Fund follows on from now-completed project Banana strategic industry development(BA13023), described in the last Hortlink. Like its predecessor, it supports the role and activities of industry strategy manager (ISM) Michelle McKinlay within the Australian Banana Growers’ Council. The ISM works with growers to develop, implement and respond to industry-related strategies and policies, and provides support for the adoption of new practices to align with these strategies. The project has a focus on biosecurity and the environment.

Alternative quarantine treatment for bananas infested with coffee bean weevil
Banana enterprise performance comparison 2016/17
Tropical fruit export strategy
Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 research program
Coordination of banana industry research and development (Panama TR4)
National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – QLD (BA15006) and National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – NSW (BA15007)
Cause and management of crown rot of banana
Integrated management of Yellow Sigatoka
Banana industry minor use program
National banana development and extension project – tropical
Review of the national biosecurity plan for the banana industry
Revision of the owner reimbursement costs framework for the Australia banana industry

Marketing Activity

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

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Banana Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Banana SIP at a glance

Banana SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's Banana Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 0405 306 334 or at

Completed consultation workshops on the Banana SIP

Industry Location Timing
Banana Brisbane, QLD May 6, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD May 11, 2016
Banana Teleconference June 30, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD October 31, 2016
Banana Cairns, QLD November 1, 2016
Banana Teleconference November 7, 2016
Banana South Johnstone, QLD March 10, 2017
Banana Cairns, QLD March 24, 2017
Banana Cairns, QLD October 31, 2017
Banana Cairns, QLD October 17, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the banana 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

^Panel members have been recruited for strategic research advisory purposes only. *Panel members have been recruited for strategic marketing advisory purposes only.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Astrid Hughes
Relationship Manager

T 07 3198 6751
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Elisa King
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2332
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Industry representative body: Australian Banana Growers’ Council

Unit 3, South Gate East Commercial Centre
250 Sherwood Road
Rocklea, Queensland 4106
T 07 3278 4786
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