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Completed project

Low-dose methyl bromide fumigation of plums (SF18000)

Key research provider: The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Publication date: Friday, May 29, 2020

What was it all about?

Building on the introduction of low-dose methyl bromide export protocols for nectarines and peaches – backed by research through investment Low dose methyl bromide against fruit flies to improve market access for summerfruit (SF12016) – this project looked at this fumigation approach for use with Australian plums. While plums currently have access to China with cold disinfestation, a fumigation pathway would allow the use of airfreight to better target market opportunities.

The researchers conducted large-scale trials on the use of low-dose methyl bromide as a post-harvest disinfestation fumigant for Queensland fruit fly on plums, with this information now available to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment in market access protocol negotiations.

Related levy funds

This project was a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Summerfruit Fund