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


     International Collaboration                 Pear tree pruning techniques              Other pear resources


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



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 


See crops - Apples and Pears

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

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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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Summary results - Irrigation for young pears

Summary of the effects of drip irrigation and irrigation interval in newly planted pear orchards on irrigation requirement, water status, growth and yield.

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