Project aims to broaden superficial scald prevention toolkit

The project aims to improve awareness of existing options for the prevention of the post harvest disorder superficial scald in apples.

Broadening industry options for the prevention of the storage disorder superficial scald in apples and pears is the focus of a new project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levies and funds from the Australian Government.

University of Melbourne plant physiologist Dr Virginia Williamson is undertaking a comprehensive review of international research on current treatments for the prevention of superficial scald towards expanding the Australian industry’s awareness of and access to a full suite of options.

Virginia is also consulting with researchers in other apple and pear growing countries including South Africa on international best practice and said collating the findings of all past and current research in one report would significantly advance industry knowledge of all options and enable better-informed decision making.

“I have certainly come across quite a few additional options beyond those currently in common use in Australia, which is really good news,” she said.

In addition to a review of current international practice, Virginia will meet with Australian growers and packers to look at how the research findings could be applied to meeting the specific needs of industry.

The five-month project finishes on 31 January 2018 and Virginia will present the findings at the annual Future Orchards Speed Updating session in June.

For further information about the project contact Virginia on 03 9035 6804 or on vgw@unimelb.edu.au

Acknowledgement

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear research and development levy, and funds from the Australian Government.

About the Author:

APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.