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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 citrus industry below, and in more detail in the relevant 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.
Increasing market access, profitability and sustainability through integrated approaches to fungal disease control
Project Code: CT13020
Status: Completed project
Established in 2013, this project addressed fungal disease control in the citrus industry with the goals of minimising the financial impact of fungal diseases, and overcoming market-access barriers related to them. It had a specific focus on citrus black spot (CBS) and emperor brown spot (EBS), and included the investigation of:
- Fungal disease control protocols
- Improved fungicide options
- The use of disease-resistant varieties to reduce the use of fungicides.
Protecting Australia’s citrus industry from biosecurity threats
MRL risk analyses and risk management options for major citrus export markets
Consumption of juiced fruit and vegetables data analytics
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.
Improving biosecurity preparedness of the Australian citrus industry
Project Code: CT17001
Status: New project
Contracted by Hort Innovation in late October, this new project builds on earlier levy-funded project Protecting Australia’s citrus industry from biosecurity threats (CT12022), summarised in an earlier Hortlink here.
The project acknowledges that the industry faces a number of significant exotic pest threats that have the potential to affect production as well as market access. These include Huanglongbing and its psyllid vectors, citrus canker and citrus variegated chlorosis (Xylella). Its work will bolster biosecurity capacity and technical capability for the Australian citrus industry, and include a range of preparedness, response and awareness activities.
Importantly, the project will be developing a nationally coordinated surveillance program for early detection of high-priority pests. It will also be able to provide the industry data to support industry market access and trade.
Development of national strategies to manage citrus gall wasp
Development of phenology models and a timing guide for the management of Californian red scale in Australian citrus
Australian Citrus Quality Standards – stage 3
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the citrus page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4.
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Citrus Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The Citrus Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the citrus 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 citrus growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's citrus Relationship Manager, Brad Wells, by phone on 0412 528 398 or by email.
Completed consultation workshops
|Citrus||Mildura, VIC||May 5, 2016|
|Citrus||Leeton, NSW||September 13 and 14, 2016|
|Citrus||Perth/Swan Valley, WA||October 11, 2016|
|Citrus||Griffith, NSW||November 15, 2016|
|Citrus||Sunraysia, VIC||December 8, 2016|
|Citrus||Riverland, SA||December 9, 2016|
|Citrus||Gayndah, QLD||December 16, 2016|
|Citrus||Teleconference||December 20, 2016|
|Citrus||Ourimbah, NSW||February 1 and 2, 2017|
|Citrus||Melbourne,VIC||May 3, 2017||Citrus||Melbourne,VIC||November 2 and 3, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the citrus industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Judith Damiani||Citrus Australia||VIC/National|
|Tania Chapman||Colignan Producers Company||VIC|
|Danny Thornton||E. E. Muir and Sons||VIC/SA/NSW|
|Allen Jenkin||Ironbark Citrus Pty Ltd||QLD|
|Wayne Parr||Isis River Orchards||QLD|
|Gavin Porter||ANFIC Ltd||National|
|David Arnold||GM Arnold Son Pty Ltd||SA|
|Dean Morris||Moricom Orchards||NSW|
|Myles Parker||NSW Department of Primary Industries||NSW|
|Richard de Vos||Chair||Biography|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||May 5, 2016||Mildura, VIC||Download|
|2||December 20, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|3||February 1 and 2, 2017||Ourimbah, NSW||Download|
|4||May 3, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|5||November 2 and 3, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|