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Delivery partners Partnership opportunities Pest and disease management program for the Australian avocado industry

Pest and disease management program for the Australian avocado industry

Closing date: April 25, 2024

Request for Proposal

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for Australia’s $16.3 billion horticulture industry. Hort Innovation invests around $120 million in research and development (R&D) and marketing programs annually to provide benefit to industry and the wider community.

Hort Innovation is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced and capable delivery partner for the project: Pest and disease management program for the Australian avocado industry (AV23017).

The program includes two key themes as below:

Theme 1: Best practice chemical use and resistance management (2 years project).

This theme involves, but is not limited to, the following key activities:

  • Building an understanding of current and future regulations and how these may impact industry access to important agrichemicals. 
  • Scanning of markets (national and international) for new chemistries and alternatives for those likely to be withdrawn.
  • Scanning international markets and building relationships to improve industry access to non-chemical post-harvest treatment options.
  • Scanning international markets looking for other post-harvest treatments for fruit rots.

Theme 2: Identification and control of less understood pests and diseases (3 years project).

This theme involves, but is not limited to, the following key activities:

  • Understanding of the causal agent, impact, and management options of what used to be less-common pests and diseases such as thrips and mirids, anthracnose as well as panicle and branch dieback. 
  • Developing monitoring tools and thresholds for management of the above pests and diseases. A “social threshold” (i.e., consensus among key agronomists and growers in a region) might be sufficient to derive innovation in pest and disease control and reduce reliance on broad-spectrum agrochemicals.
  • A better understanding of canopy management and timing of pruning and its impact on pressure for the above key pests and diseases – linked with REC-0002410.
  • A better understanding of the relationship between weather conditions and anthracnose development with a particular focus on spore release and spore load.
  • Developing in-field methods for early detection and risk determination of anthracnose.
  • Developing materials highlighting the significance of whole-orchard preventative hygiene to reduce pest and disease pressure. 

Hort Innovation has prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP) document that provides background information, outlines the scope of services, the procurement process and the information required from interested parties.

The RFP may be downloaded from www.tenders.net (you will need to be a member of tenders.net to access this information).

The closing date for responses is April 25 2024, 3:00 PM.