Managing mangoes for future climates (MG22000)
What's it all about?
This project is developing an understanding of how future climates will impact Australia’s mango production. Through the support of a PhD candidate, the project will also investigate management options that mango growers can use to maintain productivity in the face of changing climates.
The mango industry is under increasing pressure from variable climate conditions, for example, a lack of cool temperatures before flowering and high temperature/low humidity conditions during critical stages such as flowering and fruit set. This variability is predicted to increase and challenge industry productivity, consistency and profitability.
A calculator will be developed for grower use with the input of local temperatures and different temperatures and management practice forecast scenarios to forecast both flowering time and harvest window.
With greater adoption of low-cost farm temperature monitoring, growers can compare past season temperature profiles. From this foundational base comes the opportunity to provide management guidance on temperature-related processes, such as flower induction and fruit maturation.
This project builds on previous work, particularly Manipulating mango flowering to extend harvest window (MG12012), to develop an understanding of temperature requirements in mango flower induction.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mango Fund