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The Victorian Government is encouraging innovation and collaboration in the horticulture sector with a fund available for research and development projects that will help the sector remain profitable and sustainable into the future.
The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) will support industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance. Through the HIF, the Victorian Government seeks to support a horticulture sector that is innovative, collaborative and well informed.
Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) are available for applied research and development projects that contribute to a more productive and profitable horticulture sector. The program is open until 2019 and is administered by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
Projects eligible for assistance from the HIF include:
For more information, who is eligible and how to apply http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/horticulture-innovation-fund
VICTORIA ON THE FRONT FOOT IN COMBATING PLANT DISEASE
The Australian Processing Tomato Research Council in partnership with the University of Melbourne will use the Horticulture Innovation Grant to establish a hyperspectral library for early disease symptoms of processing tomatoes to distinguish between plant disease and other physiological stresses or nutrient deficiency symptoms.
Recent advances in spectral sensing of plant disease have demonstrated the potential of hyperspectral sensing in identifying symptoms for some selected plant diseases.
This technology has the potential to act as an early warning system for growers regarding plant water stress and disease.
NATIVE VEGETATION TO GROW BENEFICIAL INSECT NUMBERS
Agribusiness Yarra Valley in partnership with the University of Melbourne and consultation with the Port Phillip Catchment Management Authority will use the Horticulture Innovation Grant to monitor the benefits of native vegetation insectariums in horticulture. Research conducted in South Australia has demonstrated native vegetation insectariums can increase the abundance and diversity of native beneficial insects.