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Ongoing project

Increasing yield and quality in tropical horticulture with better pollination, fruit retention and nutrient distribution (PH16001)

Key research provider: University of the Sunshine Coast

What’s it all about?

This program aims to increase the productivity, profitability and global competitiveness of Australia’s horticultural industries by helping to optimise crop pollination efficiency. Key objectives are to increase yield and quality through better understanding of crop nutrition during crop pollination and through improved understanding of the effects of cross pollination on fruit quality.

The project team will develop non-destructive tools (using hyperspectral imaging) to quantify nutrient concentrations and produce guidelines to help growers maximise crop pollination efficiency, optimise fertiliser applications and increase fruit set.

New knowledge and technologies developed from this research will be relevant to both tropical and temperate fruit industries, and nut industries. Field work is set to involve the following crops:

  • Almond
  • Avocado
  • Custard apple
  • Lychee
  • Macadamia
  • Mango
  • Strawberry.

The program will also support capacity building in Australia by developing new international collaborations among pollination and plant physiology science groups in Australia, New Zealand and Germany, and support new students into the horticulture sector.