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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 fresh potato 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.

Review and update of the National Standard for Certification of Australian Seed Potatoes

Project Code: PT15004

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

This project undertook a review and update of the National Standard for Certification of Australian Seed Potatoes. The implementation of the National Standard allows for:

  • Reliable high-health seed production in Australia
  • Maximised yields and product quality of crops
  • Management of diseases that limit yield and quality
  • A robust platform to enable export of certified seed potatoes.

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.

Extension activities for the Australian potato industry – pest and disease app

Project Code: PT16000

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Contracted by Hort Innovation in September, this short project is tasked with developing a potato disease, disorder and pest app for Australian potato growers and others in the industry. The application – set to be available for smartphones, tablets and computers – will provide a visual reference of pests and diseases affecting potato quality, to help in-field detection and diagnosis.

Extension activities for the Australian potato industry – literature review and survey
Diagnostic capability to detect Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso)
Potato industry communication program 2016-18
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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Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021 for potato growers

SIP at a glance for potato growers at a glance

SIP for potato growers

The Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for potato growers will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the fresh 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 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 Relationship Manager, for the Potato – Fresh Fund, Christian Patterson, by phone on 0433 896 753 or by email at

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Potato Sydney, NSW August 25 and 26, 2016
Potato Sydney, NSW March 7, 2017
Potato Melbourne, VIC July 27, 2017
Potato Sydney, NSW January 17 and 18, 2018

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the fresh potato 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

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 fresh potato industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Christian Patterson
Relationship Manager

T 0433 896 753
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Industry representative body: AUSVEG

Level 2, 273 Camberwell Road
Camberwell, VIC 3124
T 03 9882 0277
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