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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.

Evaluation and commercialisation of new citrus rootstocks

Project Code: CT13042

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

This project was responsible for evaluating the performance of new rootstocks for the Australian citrus industry,

Building on earlier rootstock evaluation work, it saw the release of six new, high-performance rootstocks – the first release in more than two decades. Information on these rootstocks from China (Zao Yang, Tanghe, Ghana, Donghai, Anjiang hongju and Caoshi xiangju) is available on the NSW DPI website here.

Other work in the project – and information on the new investment carrying on its work – can be found in Hortlink 2018, edition 1.

Increasing market access, profitability and sustainability through integrated approaches to fungal disease control
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 2018, edition 1.

Evaluation of new citrus varieties 2017-2022

Project Code: CT17006

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2018, edition 1

Beginning in December 2017, this investment in the Citrus Fund will carry on the work to rapidly and independently assess new citrus varieties under local conditions – providing industry with objective performance data.

This work is a continuation of earlier levy investments, including the project Evaluating new citrus varieties 2013-17 (CT12026).

Evaluation of new rootstocks for the Australian citrus industry 2017-2022
Maximising the biosecurity of the Australian citrus industry budwood facility
Improving biosecurity preparedness of the Australian citrus industry
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
Australian Citrus Post-harvest Science Program
Protecting Australian citrus germplasm through improved diagnostic tools project
Australian citrus industry innovation and market development program
Citrus industry communications
Citrus industry minor use program
Citrus Technical Forums
Agrichemical residue monitoring program for Australian citrus exports – stage 2
Protecting Australia’s citrus genetic material
Building a genetic foundation for Australia’s citrus future through targeted breeding
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni

Marketing activity

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

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Citrus Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Citrus SIP at a glance

Citrus SIP

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

Industry Location Timing
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
Citrus Mildura,VIC May 17 and 18, 2018

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).

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

Sam Turner
Relationship Manager

T 0418 164 717
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 0408 497 798
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Mildura, Victoria 3502
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