Contracted by Hort Innovation in December 2017, this new investment for the Raspberry and Blackberry Fund will develop integrated pest management tools and strategies for the industry, with a focus on tackling redberry mite (Acalitus essigi) in blackberries. The mite’s feeding leads to damaged fruit with incomplete, delayed and/or uneven ripening, with affected drupelets being hard and coloured bright red or green.
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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink
New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Completed R&D projects
Read about some of the recently completed projects for the rapsberry and blackberry industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Continuation of pilot systems to validate Pest Free Place of Production for Queensland fruit fly in the Yarra Valley
Project Code: MT15028
Status: Completed project
This project followed on from previous work to develop systems to validate ‘Pest Free Place of Production’ for Queensland fruit fly in the Yarra Valley, helping support market access for local growers by enabling trade of host fruits to several domestic markets without the need for costly treatment and certification. It was supported by a number of industries.
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects for the raspberry and blackberry industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2018, edition 1.
Integrated pest management of redberry mite, Acalitus essigi, on blackberries
Project Code: RB17000
Status: New project
Berry export strategy
Building resilience to drupelet disorder on rubus
Rubus industry minor use program
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the raspberry and blackberry page of Hortlink 2018, edition 1.
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Raspberry and Blackberry Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The Raspberry and Blackberry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the raspberry and blackberry 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 raspberry and blackberry growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's raspberry and blackberry Relationship Manager, Bradley Mills, by phone on 0408 635 465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops
|Raspberry and blackberry||Melbourne, VIC||April 19, 2016|
|Raspberry and blackberry||Melbourne, VIC||November 28, 2016||Raspberry and blackberry||Melbourne, VIC||March 30, 2017||Raspberry and blackberry||Melbourne, VIC||March 1, 2018|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the raspberry and blackberry industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Jeff Mathews||YV Fresh||VIC|
|Jon Gleeson||Driscolls Australia||VIC|
|Kate Sutherland||Burlington Berries||TAS|
|Nic Hansen||Cherries Tasmania||TAS|
|Nicholas Miall||Perfection Fresh||NSW|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||April 19, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|2||November 28, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|3||March 30, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|4||March 1, 2018||Melbourne, VIC||Download|