Independent program coordination for the apple and pear Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils program (PIPS3) (AP19007)
What's it all about?
This investment supports the coordination and integration of a number of projects, which together make up the ‘PIPS3’ program for the apple and pear industry (the third iteration of the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils program).
Active PIPS3 research projects include:
- Strengthening cultural and biological management of pests and diseases in apple and pear orchards (AP19002)
- Advancing sustainable and technology driven apple orchard production systems (AP19003)
- Developing smarter and sustainable pear orchards to maximise fruit quality, yield and labour efficiency (AP19005)
- Improved Australian apple and pear orchard soil health and plant nutrition (AP19006)
Activities of this overarching coordination project include improving communication within and between project teams and the apple and pear industry, coordinating linkages and activities between PIPS3 and the levy-funded Future Orchards program, and more.
To keep up-to-date with this program's activities, you can sign up to receive industry communications at www.apal.org.au.
The project has progressed with…
- The PIPS3 Program Team Forum was held in Tatura on the 8/9 of March which allowed the project team to plan for future extension and communications activities to accelerate industry engagement.
- Publications in the AFG Magazine Summer Edition (February 2022) were made.
- Interviews were conducted over the phone with researchers, growers and key industry collaborators to collect data on engagement through communications and extension activities and research progress.
See pages 37-47 of the Summer AFG magazine.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund