Stone and pome fruit R&D Forum

The Horticulture Centre of Excellence together with key industry partners Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) and Summerfruit Australia Limited (SAL) invite you to attend the Regional Stone & Pome Fruit Research and Development (R&D) Forum.

Learn the latest stone and pome fruit R&D, 22 Oct 2014, Tatura, Victoria.Download the flyer and agenda.

Learn the latest stone and pome fruit R&D, 22 Oct 2014, Tatura, Victoria. Download the flyer and agenda.

Victoria’s apple, pear and stone fruit researchers will provide an update to industry on their current research projects next Wednesday, 22 October 2014. There will be a strong technical focus in the presentations and attendees will review the latest R&D activity at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).

Presentations will commence from 8:30am and attendees will hear of the vast range of projects in the form of a research review, be given the opportunity to identify research gaps and also provide suggestions for future funding.

The research forum is an essential component of the launch of the new Horticulture Centre of Excellence at DEPI, Tatura and is an opportunity to enhance communication between the industry and its research partners.

The day will feature researchers Dugald Close and Nigel Swarts from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture who will present their findings from the apple and pear industry’s successful Productivity Irrigation Pest and Soils (PIPS) program. Starting in 2009 PIPS is an APAL and HAL flagship program combining six areas of research:

  • Tree Structure
  • Integrated Pest and Disease Management
  • Soils, Water and Nutrients
  • Precision Nutrients
  • Profitable Pears
  • Technical and Industry Communications

In December 2014 the PIPS1 program will draw to an end so this ‘research review’ is timely to hear the results of this research.

Sessions will include a field demonstration site visit of DEPI’s experimental pear and stone fruit orchards hosted by Mark O’Connell. Full details of the running of the program can be found in the agenda below.

The first session will cover Integrated Pest and Disease Management with research in bio-control in Codling Moth, bio-control of Woolly Apple Aphid and improved trapping methods of Codling Moth. Also on the agenda is a presentation of managing orchard diseases including the use of the Apple Scab ascospore maturity model.

In the next session, improved orchard management will cover research in tree water use, precision crop load management using the artificial spur extinction technique, as well as how to optimise Nitrogen use for fruit tree production.

In the afternoon there will be a session relating to improved fruit quality and consistency that will focus on managing fruit maturity and sweetness, optimising fruit quality pre and post-harvest, and meeting consumer preference.

The day will aim to finish at 3:30pm with the final session to discuss improvements to chill modelling and management of extreme weather events that may influence future decision making in the apple, pear and stone fruit industries.

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each allowing a number of topics to be covered in the one day.

When: Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Where: Department of Environment & Primary Industries, 255 Ferguson Rd, Tatura, Victoria, 3616
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm (lunch provided) 
RSVP: 15/10/2014 via the APAL office (03) 9329 3511 or here for more information.


Agenda Item Timing Topic Presenter
1 8.30-8.40 Welcome to the Horticulture Centre of Excellence Sze Flett (DEPI)
Integrated Pest and Disease Management 9.00 – 10.20am
2 8.40-8.55 Bio-control in orchards Greg Lefoe (DEPI)
3 8.55-9.10 Trapping of pest moths David Williams (DEPI)
4 9.10-9.25 Managing orchard disease Oscar Villalta (DEPI)
5 9.25-9.40 Question and answer session Panel
Improving Orchard Performance
6 9.40-9.55 Tree water use in orchards  Ian Goodwin (DEPI
7 9.55-10.10 Fertigation and nitrogen use efficiency Nigel Swarts (TIA)
8 10.10-10.25 Artificial spur extinction Dugald Close (TIA)
9 10.25-10.40 Question and answer session Panel

Morning Tea 10.40-11.00

Experimental stone and pome fruit orchards
10 11.00-11.45 Site visit to experimental pome an stone orchards Mark O’Connell

Lunch 11.45-12.30

Improving fruit quality and consistency
11 12.30-12.45 Predicting harvest maturity using the DA meter Dario Stefanelli (DEPI)
12 12.45-13.00 Physiological determinants of fruit sweetness John Lopresti (DEPI)
13 13.15-13.30 Factors influencing consumer preference Glen Hale (DEPI)
14 13.45-14.00 Post-harvest management of fruit quality Rod Jones (DEPI)
15 14.00-14.15 Question and answer session Panel

Afternoon Tea 14.15-14.30

Managing climate variability and extreme weather events
16 14.30-14.45 Modelling and observation of chilling requirements Rebecca Darbyshire (UoM)
17 14.45-15.00 Effects of climate and extreme weather events on fruit quality Susanna Turpin (DEPI)
18 15.00-15.30 Question and answer session Panel

15:30 – Finish

By |October 14th, 2014|News|

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APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.