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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the cherry 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.

Review of host status of cherries for codling moth

Project Code: CY16008

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Beginning in early 2017, this short project was responsible for establishing the risk of codling moth in the cherry export pathway.

Currently, Japan and Korea apply strict entry requirements for cherries originating in areas where codling moth is found. But while the moth (Cydia pomonella) is a common pest of pome fruit, particularly apples and pears, evidence of cherries actually being a host has been scattered and unclear over the years. The researchers note that the primary basis on which cherries are considered a host of the pest is a publication from 1926, which described cherries infested with ‘codling-moth-like’ larvae.

Optimal management of pre-harvest rot in sweet cherry
National cherry development program

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.

Methyl bromide disinfestation of cherries for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly)

Project Code: CY16009

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This new project was contracted by Hort Innovation in October to provide data packages on the use of methyl bromide as a post-harvest disinfestation fumigant for Queensland fruit fly on cherries. This information will be used to help develop improved market access with commercially viable protocols.

Its work is part of the Cherry Industry Market Access Program – a high-priority, combined initiative to increase market access for cherries that is providing management practices and evidential support for market-access negotiations.

Implementing brown sugar flotation (BSF) for assuring freedom of fruit from Qfly
Export readiness and market access
Developing market access to the US for cherries based on irradiation and methyl bromide

Marketing activity

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

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Cherry Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Cherry SIP at a glance

Cherry SIP

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

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

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Cherry Teleconference May 19, 2016
Cherry Melbourne, VIC July 18, 2016
Cherry Melbourne, VIC July 19, 2016
Cherry Manjimup, WA July 26, 2016
Cherry Tasmania August 3, 2016
Cherry Yarra Valley, VIC August 8, 2016
Cherry Young, Orange / Mudgee, NSW August 22 and 23, 2016
Cherry Teleconference February 9, 2017
Cherry Teleconference May 2, 2017
Cherry Sydney, NSW July 27 and 28, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the cherry 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


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Mark Spees
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2392
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2350
Send an email

Industry representative body: Cherry Growers Australia Inc.

262 Argyle Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
T 03 6231 1229
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