Serviced Supply Chain Decision Aid Tools (DATs)

Type of DATDescriptionExtension / Service
Specific post-harvest recommendations

Specific recommendations based on SSC R&D:

  • Suitable cultivars for seafreight
  • Optimum harvest maturity for air and sea freight
  • Pre-cooling and fruit conditioning protocols
  • AG notes on industry association or HIN websites
  • Industry articles
  • Chapters in crop manuals
  • Grower field days/ meetings
Pre-export risk assessment

Risk prediction protocols for rots and physiological disorders use that harvest to determine risk profile of fruit destined for export markets:

  • Harvest rot risk assessment for table grapes and summerfruit
  • Preconditioning protocols for exports summer fruit cultivars
  • Agnotes and demonstration videos on industry association or HIN websites
  • Grower field days/ meetings
  • One-on-one training with individual growers/ exporters
Fruit quality prediction during export

Temperature based fruit quality models to predict quality changes during export, and outturn quality:

  • Firmness loss and softening in summer fruit
  • Changes in mango firmness and colour based on cumulative heat sums (degree-hours)
  • Rachis browning during seafreight export of table grapes
  • Shelf life prediction models
  • Modelling platforms and apps with simpler user interfaces
  • One-on-one training with individual growers/ exporters


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