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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.
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Improving fruit quality and consistency in cherries through maximised nutrient availability

Project Code: CY12002

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

Running from 2012 to early 2018, this project has investigated the use of soil microbiology in maximising the availability and uptake of plant nutrients – essentially looking at improving soil health to in turn boost crop yields and fruit quality.

The work involved trials on two commercial orchards in Tasmania – one in the Derwent Valley and one in the Huon Valley – where the impact of different nutrient management strategies was observed on fruit quality at harvest, soil health, and the longer-term diversity of soil microbes and beneficial invertebrates.

Get the full project wrap-up and results in Hortlink 2018, edition 1.

Review of host status of cherries for codling moth
Continuation of pilot systems to validate Pest Free Place of Production for Queensland fruit fly in the Yarra Valley
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 2018, edition 1.

Review of international best practice for post-harvest management of sweet cherries in Australia

Project Code: CY17000

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

This investment is reviewing current local and international cherry industry approaches to postharvest practices that optimise cherry shelf life and quality throughout the supply chain. It will make recommendations on improvements to Australia’s current postharvest handling and storage practices for cherries for both the domestic and export markets, and identify new technologies that could be trialled in Australia.

Methyl bromide disinfestation of cherries for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly)
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
Australian cherry evaluation utilising precocious rootstocks
Cherry industry minor use program
Cherry communications program
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the cherry industry and development of a biosecurity manual for cherry producers
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni
Global Masterclass in Horticultural Business

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the cherry page of Hortlink 2018, edition 1

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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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