Video: Introduction to the profitable stonefruit network - from production research, post harvest to export consumer testing.
Sales growth of summerfruit in Victoria is impeded by low consumer satisfaction with fruit quality, leading to low prices and static consumption which is threatening the survival of many producers.
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 Profitable Stonefruit program consists of a series of experiments, analysis and trials: Select links below
A modern stone fruit research orchard has been established at DEDJTR-Tatura to investigate field management practices conducive to fruit quality outcomes consistent with consumer expectations. Long-term experiments will examine effects of crop load, rootstock and irrigation management and canopy training systems in peach, nectarine, plum and apricot. The agronomic studies will be supplemented by sensory research, consumer preference investigations and incorporate new non-destructive measurement technologies to monitor fruit quality along the supply chain.The field laboratory also provides a resource for future studies on integrated pest and disease management, harvest and post-harvest fruit quality, handling, packaging, storage shipping and retail steps and associated protocols in the supply chain. Furthermore, the laboratory offers a platform for industry engagement where growers can be informed of how production and handling practices can be used to meet consumer needs in local and export markets.
Stonefruit field laboratory plantings, Tatura DEDJTR, 2014
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See crops - summerfruit
AG Focus 2016 (see article on page 45): Proving profitable produce
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Researchers, Mark O'Connell, Sussana Turpin, and Ian Goodwin from the Horticulture Centre of Excellence atTatura, hosted visiting scientists from China on 16 March 2015.Read more > about INTRODUCTION to Peach Industry in China
Mark O'Connell, from Tatura's Stonefruit Field Laboratory, is involved in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) project looking at wine grapes as well as stonefruit and pome fruit trees.