This three-year project was tasked with studying bacterial diseases of onion crops in order to improve understanding of their introduction, spread and survival – and in turn help build the industry’s capacity to manage them. There was a particular focus on bacterial blight of leek, which affects onions and shallots and is caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas syringae pv. Porri, or ‘Psp’.
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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.
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Managing soilborne diseases of onions
Project Code: VN13003
Status: Completed project
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 2018, edition 1.
Vegetable cluster consumer insights program
Project Code: MT17017
Status: New project
This is the ‘Harvest to Home’ program. Through Harvest to Home, Hort Innovation is working with global information and measurement company Nielsen to bring growers the largest series of insights into market performance and shopping behaviour yet for the vegetable, onion and sweetpotato industries.
Development of an onion white rot forecast model for Tasmania
Australian onion industry communications
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the onion industry and development of a biosecurity manual for onion producers
Onion industry minor use program
An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the onion page of Hortlink 2018, edition 1.
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Onion Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
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 email@example.com.
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).
|Peter Shadbolt||Scotties Point Farms||VIC|
|Dr Richard Jones||Rathlyn Associates||NSW|
|Tony Higgs||Terranova Seeds||NSW|
|Yvonne Smith||Bowhill Produce||SA|
|Steve Rathjen||Delta Produce||SA|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||April 20, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|2||September 29, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|3||July 10, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|4||March 14, 2018||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
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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