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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

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.

An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries

Project Code: PMT16009

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This project for and funded by the fresh potato, processing potato and onion industries has a focus on integrated pest management (IPM). Its core activities are to support growers in adopting IPM on farm – improving pest management with minimal pesticide use and a reduction in associated costs – and will include workshops, the use of demonstration sites with commercial crops, and the production of materials such as articles, guides and case studies distributed in industry channels.

The project is also be responsible for training advisors from Australia’s major potato and onion growing regions in IPM.

Extension activities for the Australian potato industry – literature review and survey
Diagnostic capability to detect Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso)
Extension program for the Australian potato industry 2016-2019
Review of the national biosecurity plan for the potato industry and development of a biosecurity manual for potato producers
Impact of groundwater quality on the management of centre-pivot-grown potato crops
An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries
Surveillance of tomato potato psyllid in the Eastern States and South Australia
Extension of the PreDicta Pt potato diagnostic service
Exploring Spongospora suppressive soils in potato production
Navigating the wealth of soil health information and identification of opportunities
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Processing Potato Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Processing potato SIP at a glance

Processing potato SIP

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

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's processing potato Relationship Manager, Christian Patterson, by phone on 0433 896 753 or

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Potato – processing Melbourne, VIC February 26, 2016
Potato – processing Melbourne, VIC May 6, 2016
Potato – processing Melbourne, VIC September 1, 2016
Potato – processing Melbourne, VIC October 12, 2016
Potato – processing Sydney, NSW March 6, 2017
Potato – processing Melbourne, VIC July 27, 2017
Potato – processing Sydney, NSW January 17 and 18, 2018

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


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

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

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

Read articles on the processing potato industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Christian Patterson
Relationship Manager

T 0433 896 753
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Industry Representative Body: Potato Processing Association Australia


Anne Ramsay
T 0400 368 448
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