Breeding new rootstocks for the Australian citrus industry (CT18004)
What’s it all about?
Established in 2019, this investment is developing new rootstocks for the Australian citrus industry. By building on existing knowledge, new germplasm will be created – heavily screened for disease resistance and local adaptation – and then tested under commercial conditions to determine long-term viability.
The project team is incorporating diverse germplasm to increase genetic diversity, performance and resilience of commercial rootstocks in Australia. The intention is to provide citrus growers with rootstocks that are innovative, unique and outperform existing material, as well address a number of production issues such as phytophthora, salinity and vigor control.
The project will liaise with the existing project Evaluation of new rootstocks for the Australian citrus industry 2017-2022 (CT17002) and share relevant information on variety evaluations.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Citrus Fund