DEDJTR, with the support of the stonefruit industry and Horticulture Innovation Australia, is investigating management practices that will dramatically increase productivity and grower returns through improved eating quality and consumer satisfaction.
The objective of the Profitable Pears project is to develop orchard management systems for the new pear varieties to maximise productivity 3 – 4 years after planting and sustain high yields of consistent quality fruit.
This project focused on improving industry export capability through collaborative exporting, coordinated marketing programs, reputation building for Australian apples and pears, coupled with a cultural change that embraced export and an improved understanding of technical and market access issues.
Apple and pear production is vulnerable to climate change and research is underway to help understand the affects and find ways to reduce any negative impacts.
Accumulation of winter chill to break dormancy is largely a temperature dependent process. The relationship of different temperatures and temperature regimes to dormancy breaking are varietal-specific but there are some general aspects.
The Centre for Expertise in Smoke Taint Research is a national collaboration that aims to find solutions for the wine industry and fire and land managers.
Horticulture Centre of Excellence seeks to become a critical partner in the transformation of the Victorian horticulture industry into a more profitable, business-like and export focussed sector through the sharing of knowledge and the integration of research development and extension.