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Ongoing project

Evaluation of dried and table grape varieties (MT15026)

Key research provider: CSIRO

What’s it all about?

Beginning in 2016, this multi-industry project will deliver new grape varieties for both the dried grape and table grape industries, with levies from both used to fund the work.

For dried grapes the project will deliver new, consistently high yielding, rain-tolerant varieties that produce a premium light-coloured, globally differentiated product to enhance value. It is anticipated that six new varieties will be commercialised and rolled out during 2019.

For table grapes, new varieties adapted to local conditions will enable Australia to differentiate its products in international markets, enhance export opportunities and increase domestic consumption. The new varieties are intended to reduce production costs and minimise issues such as berry collapse in Thompson seedless, as well as poor budburst and low fruit bearing in sub-tropical regions. Early and late ripening types, and those with favourable long-term storage and transport characteristics, will also extend the season and provide opportunities to develop new markets.

Specific activities include the continued evaluation of seedless material established by CSIRO in previous projects; identification of new selections for inclusion in multiplied plot trials; and establishment of new advanced selections for semi-commercial and regional testing. The project will progress Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) comparator trials for selections identified for release, and support release strategies by provision of technical information on characteristics, management and product type.

Related levy funds

This project is a multi-industry strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Dried Grape and Table Grape Funds.