Support for

Creating a better future for Australian apple and pear growers,
through industry leadership and commercial advancement.


Advancing sustainable and
technology driven apple
orchard production systems

The research

The AP19003 Project is conducting physiological studies and developing the capabilities of sensing tool technologies in the Sundial apple orchard at Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura SmartFarm and on a commercial orchard in Ardmona (Goulburn Valley). At these locations, experiments and trials are conducted to:​

  • Determine relationships between fruit position and light exposure on colour development, sunburn damage, fruit quality and floral initiation.​
  • Identify chemical signals that determine the impact of high crop load on floral initiation and differentiation, and fruit size in the subsequent season.​
  • Develop a rapid orchard assessment tool using a ground-based mobile sensing platform equipped with LiDAR and optical cameras (Green Atlas Cartographer™) capable of objectively measuring fruit size, fruit colour and tree size, and advising crop load distribution in an orchard.​

Access the AP19003 Information Sheet

Further information contact details:
Dr Ian Goodwin
Research Leader Crop Physiology, Agriculture Victoria​