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Post-harvest seminar 2019 presenter profiles

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | 8:30am-5pm | PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Successful management of apples and pears in the specialised area of post-harvest is increasingly driven by technology. Presenters at the 2019 post-harvest seminar will share information and examples of how the progressive operators, both locally and internationally, are implementing effective practices backed by an understanding [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|PIPS, Post-harvest quality|

Do Australian growers need a tool for secondary thinning?

Could a tool used in the US to help apple growers better manage secondary thinning to optimise fruit quality and maximise productivity be of use in Australia? PIPS researchers plan to find out. Apple trees produce more flowers than the number of fruit that growers wish to crop. Growers need to manage this oversupply of [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|PIPS, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Planting systems for blush pears

Agriculture Victoria shares the results of their experiment within the Profitable Pears project to help identify the best rootstock, planting density and training system for blush pears.   Replanting or establishing new orchard blocks is a costly exercise. Decisions regarding cultivar, rootstock, training system and planting density have implications for not just potential profits but also [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Orchard design and density, Pears, PIPS, Varieties and rootstock|

Understanding Biennial Bearing in Apples – 2018 Update

Why do some apple cultivars bear biennially? Listen to Jens Wünsche, University of Hohenheim, Germany, and Dario Stefanelli, Agriculture Victoria, talk about recent progress in their Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soil (PIPS2) project Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple, and why international collaboration is great for industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlNmOQLiU8Y  

By |August 21st, 2018|Biennial bearing, PIPS|

Speed updating gives growers a fast serve of current R&D

In June, as part of Hort Connections 2018, APAL ran its annual Speed Updating event where industry researchers shared key information for growers about their findings. Funded by Hort Innovation as part of the Australian Apple and Pear Innovation and Adoption Program, this year’s Speed Updating was attended by more than 130 people. PIPS The [...]

PIPS program contribution recognised

Industry awards recognising the excellence of two of the program's researchers and a successful mid-term review highlight the return on levy-funded investment contributed to the apple and pear industry by  the Productivity, Irrigation, Pest and Soils (PIPS2) research program, writes Independent Program coordinator Dr Kristen Stirling. Dr Sally Bound and David Williams, two of the researchers [...]

By |July 11th, 2018|PIPS|

Killer wasps and better pheromones target codling moth

Changes to the types of pesticide available for use in fruit production, and the progress of research into biological control of major insect pests, are providing fruit growers with safer, more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly options to incorporate into their pest management systems. Mastrus ridens - a new biocontrol agent that targets codling moth has been introduced into [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Pests, diseases and weeds, PIPS|

Make a smart crop load management choice

In a commercial orchard in Tasmania a mix of different thinning and crop load management techniques have been put to the test, shedding light on which ones are the most cost- and time-effective to implement, and what impact they have on fruit quality and yield. A trial conducted in this Gala orchard in Tasmania [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|PIPS, Pruning and training, Tasmania, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

What becomes of nitrogen in your orchard?

Researchers are using nitrogen-tracing technology to help improve apple fruit quality and optimise nitrogen use efficiency by investigating the fate of nitrogen derived from fertiliser over two seasons. PhD candidate Bi Tan applying nitrogen fertiliser to Gala trees in the orchard trial to help understand what becomes of applied nitrogen. Applying nitrogen fertiliser [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|PIPS, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|

Exploring plant growth regulator use in new pears

Researchers at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence in Victoria are exploring the effects of using plant growth regulators (PGRs) in new pear cultivars on bud development, fruit set and lateral shoot growth. While there are a number of PGRs used in Australia, most are not registered on pears. We wanted to further understand the effects [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|PIPS, Vigour, crop load and thinning|