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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the custard apple industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

Accelerating development of the Australian custard apple industry, new variety development and commercialisation phase 2

Project Code: CU13001

Status: Completed

Read more in Hortlink edition 4

This now-completed investment aimed to accelerate the development of the Australian custard apple industry by providing better varieties and rootstocks, better crop management techniques and extension of technologies to new and existing growers.

Read more in Hortlink edition 4. Full details are available in the project’s final report, which will soon be available to order at Final reports are free to Australian horticulture levy payers, registered Hort Innovation members and industry representative bodies. Not a member? Sign up to our membership program for free here.

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the custard apple industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Custard apple communication and extension program

Project Code: CU16001

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This program supports industry awareness and uptake of R&D outcomes and other relevant knowledge, through field days/roadshows in each of the country’s growing regions. These events will bring to growers information on fruit quality, orchard management and post-harvest systems and practices; support growers in adding value to their businesses; and keep all stakeholders up to date with the latest issues relevant to the custard apple industry.

Custard Apple Dispatch System 2 – CADS 2
Custard apple industry minor use program

Marketing activity

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

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Custard Apple Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Custard apple SIP at a glance

Custard apple SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's custard apple Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or at

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Custard apple Brisbane, QLD August 2, 2016
Custard apple Brisbane, QLD February 23, 2017
Custard apple Teleconference January 30, 2018

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the custard apple 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

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Contacts at Hort Innovation

Astrid Hughes
Relationship Manager

T 07 3198 6751
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Astrid Hughes
Marketing Manager

T 07 3198 6751
Send an email

Industry representative body: Custard Apples Australia

145 Victoria Park Road
Alstonville, NSW 2477
T 03 6231 1229
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