Support for

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


Improved Australian apple and pear
orchard soil health and plant nutrition

The research

The AP19006 Project is adopting a systems approach that looks at the orchard as a whole rather than trying to fix one particular component. ​

The research trials are investigating how different plantings, both interrow and along the tree-line, influence soil health, tree health and nutrition, fruit yield and quality. The treatments include a range of tree-line cover crops (legume/grass mix), composts, mulch, conventional grower bare strip and inter-row plantings (native herbaceous mix, flowering meadow mix, grass/legume mix). ​

Orchard studies are located in the five growing regions of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, South Australia, Western Australia & New South Wales and reflect regional priorities and soil, climatic and management system differences. ​

Access the AP19006 Information Sheet

Further information contact details:
Dr Nigel Swarts
Senior Research Fellow​, TIA – University of Tasmania