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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the onion 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.

Managing soilborne diseases of onions

Project Code: VN13003

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

This project had a focus on improving the management of onion stunt, a problematic soilborne disease that reduces the size and quality of onion bulbs and is caused by fungus Rhizoctonia solani AG8. The effects of root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus neglectus and pink-root-causing Setophoma terrrestris were also investigated.

The research has culminated in the production of the Best practice guide for onion stunt, which will soon be available to industry.

Classification of the onion rust complex and development of rapid diagnostic assays
International onion research delegation
Detection and management of bacterial diseases in Australian allium crops

New and ongoing R&D projects

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

Development of an onion white rot forecast model for Tasmania

Project Code: VN14001

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Onion white rot is a serious fungal disease. Beginning in 2016, this project will develop a forecasting model for its infection periods in Tasmania. It will identify conditions that precede high-risk infection periods, and help in understanding optimum timings of fungicide applications for control of the disease.

Australian onion industry communications
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the onion industry and development of a biosecurity manual for onion producers
Communication support on VN15002 – Australian onion industry
Onion industry minor use program
An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program

Marketing activity

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

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Onion Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Onion SIP at a glance

Onion SIP

The Onion Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the onion 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 and online validation, giving onion growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's Onion Relationship Manager, Brad Mills, by phone on 03 9691 3523 or at

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the onion industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

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SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

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Contacts at Hort Innovation

Bradley Mills
Relationship Manager

T 03 9691 3523
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Craig Perring
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2342
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Industry representative body: Onions Australia

PO Box 9420
Mount Gambier West, SA 5291
T 0458 111 126
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