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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

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

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

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

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

Marketing activity

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

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

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

Brad Wells
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2327
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2350
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115 Lime Avenue
Mildura, Victoria 3502
T 03 5023 6333
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