Profitable Pears

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The Profitable Pears program consists of a series of experiments, analysis and trials: Select picture links below

       About the Field Laboratory                    Intensive Pear Production                Planting Systems experiments

                          

         Rootstock experiments                           Irrigation experiments               Cordon Tree Training demonstration 

                         

    Postharvest ripening & storage                     Economic analysis                      Overseas Consumer research

                       

The majority of Australian pears are grown in Victoria with a farm gate value of $85M. Pear production however has decreased by 30% in the past 10 – 15  years. Decline in pear production and little re-planting has been driven by the loss in domestic and international markets for the traditional pear varieties grown in Australia. The Australian National Pear Breeding Program (ANPBP), based at DEDJTR Tatura, has developed new varieties with the potential to recapture the markets for fresh pears. Most pears are grown using traditional methods where maximum production may take 10 years from planting, and yields can be highly variable from year-to-year and from tree-to-tree. Modern orchard production systems need to be investigated on these fresh pears so that both maximum yield and fruit quality are achieved.

Blush Pear Varieties:

New Blush Pear Varieties

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. Research is being undertaken in a 4 ha 'pear field laboratory' at Tatura. The field laboratory will provide the platform for answering key research questions and support the commercialisation and adoption of new pear varieties that will make the industry more competitive and profitable.

Video: Introductions to Profitable Pears projects

Check out these videos on Pear Tree Pruning Techniques

 

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Professor Luca Corelli Grappadelli, from the Department of Agricultural Sciences in Bologna, Italy has landed on Australian shores to join forces with local Agriculture Victoria research scientists. Luca, internationally renowned for his work in tree physiology, is conducting  research that aims to spearhead the revival of the Goulburn Valley pear industry.

 INNOVATION: Drones deployed to assess nitrogen needs of red-blushed (link to APAL website)

Remote Sensing Drone 

OTHER RESOURCES

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BLUSH DEVELOPMENT IN PEARS Part 2

Blush development is restricted when fruit are not exposed to light.

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BLUSH DEVELOPMENT IN PEARS Part 1

It is important to know which genetic and environmental factors regulate production of red pigments in the skin of full red and blush cultivars.

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Summary results - Rootstocks for blush pears

Summary of the effects of currently available rootstocks on growth, yield and quality of new red-blushed pear cultivars.

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