Monitoring and modelling to improve the quality of Australian fresh produce into Asian markets.

The Serviced Supply Chain (SSC) project aims to increase the value and profitability of Australian horticultural exports by improving the ‘freshness, consistency and reputation of Australia’s horticulture exports into Asia.

In Victoria, this project works with the summerfruit and table grape export chains to demonstrate the benefits of supply chain monitoring and use of predictive tools for improvements in export fruit quality and cold chain management in transit to Asian export markets and their domestic supply chains.

Topics:

  • Monitoring to Improve – sensors and interventions to improve key transport and holding conditions
  • Decision Aid (Predictive) Tools – implement and maximise outturn quality
  • Sustainable Solutions – awareness and adoption in the horticulture industry including demonstrating benefit/cost

The project uses monitoring systems to gather information on fruit quality changes and shelf life capacity as well as in-transit cold disinfestation outcomes.

Data modelling will develop prediction tools and determine appropriate monitoring technologies and systems. The models and emerging technology will ensure exporters make confident marketing decisions based on sound science and help optimise the use of sea freight export by minimising risk.

Table grapes: Real-time monitoring for sea-freight to Asia

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Cultivars, flesh disorders, harvest maturity, and predicting fruit firmness

Stonefruit: Managing fruit quality for export

Link to post-harvest research on the Profitable Stonefruit Network

Monitoring export fruit temperatures with remote loggers near 'real time'

Stonefruit: Using remote data loggers to monitor temperatures

Link to post-harvest research on the Profitable Stonefruit Network

Methylbromide quarantine treatment research at Tatura, Agriculture Victoria

Stonefruit: Methylbromide quarantine treatment for peaches to China

Fumigation protocol experiment

Link to post-harvest research on the Profitable Stonefruit Network

This information about the fumigation protocol experiment is located in the Profitable Stonefruit network pages. These pages contain research investigating future production systems and export market preferences to improve productivity, quality and grower returns.

Introduction

Introduction to the Serviced Supply Chain project - Table Grapes and Stonefruit
Video presentation (Agribiosciences, Bundoora) - 11 minutes
Lecture presentation: Introduction to Serviced Supply Chains project

John Lopresti, research scientist from Agriculture Victoria, introduces the serviced supply chain project: monitoring and modelling to improve the quality of Australian fresh produce into Asian markets.

The Science:

Predictive Tools - Science behind the Service Supply Chain project
Video presentation (Agribiosciences, Bundoora) - 9 minutes
Lecture presentation: Predictive tools - Science behind Serviced Supply Chains project

John Lopresti, research scientist from Agriculture Victoria, discusses science behind the serviced supply chain project. (Part 1)

Predictive Tools (part 2) - Modelling tools & export simulations

Science behind the Service Supply Chain project

Video presentation (Agribiosciences, Bundoora) - 15 minutes
Lecture presentation: Modelling tools & export simulation - Science behind Serviced Supply Chains project

John Lopresti, research scientist from Agriculture Victoria, discusses science behind the serviced supply chain project. (Part 2)

Acknowledgements

The Serviced Supply Chains project is funded by the Hort Frontiers Asian markets Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers Asian strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from Agriculture Victoria, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAFQ), Montague Fresh (summerfruit), Manbulloo (mangoes), Glen Grove (citrus), the Australian Government plus in-kind support from University of Queensland and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.