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Ongoing project

Low-dose methyl bromide fumigation of plums (SF18000)

Key research provider: The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

What’s 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 is looking 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 are producing data packages on the use of low-dose methyl bromide as a post-harvest disinfestation fumigant for Queensland fruit fly on plums, with this information to be available to support the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in international protocol negotiations.

Related levy funds

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