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Ongoing project

Multi-scale monitoring tools for managing Australian tree crops – phase 2 (various projects)

Key research provider: The University of New England and many others

What's it all about?

This project is a collaborative piece of work funded through the Australian Government’s Rural R&D for Profit initiative. The overarching program is continuing the development, trial and extension of technology-based crop mapping and monitoring tools to help growers in predicting fruit quality and yield, and monitoring tree health – including in the early detection of pest and disease outbreaks.

On a wider, whole-of-sector scale, the program is also further developing the Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response Map, which can be used to assist in biosecurity and disaster response efforts. The map has already been put to work in 2017 with Cyclone Debbie, and during and following the 2019/20 bushfires.

You can read more about what the first phase of this project achieved on its project page at Multi-scale monitoring tools for managing Australian tree crops: Industry meets innovation (ST15012 and others).

Who is involved in the work?

This multi-scale monitoring tools project involves some 9 sub-projects sitting under an overarching project ST19000, with a variety of teams all being led by Hort Innovation. The key sub-projects are listed below, with their main research provider – noting that other delivery partners may have also been involved in each piece of work.

  • ST19008, with the University of New England
  • ST19009, with Central Queensland University
  • ST19010, with TieUp Farming
  • ST19011, with Australian Mango Industry Association
  • ST19012, with Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
  • ST19013, with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • ST19014, with the NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • ST19015, with the University of New England
  • ST19016, with Ceres Imaging

What is the Rural R&D for Profit program?

The Australian Government’s Rural R&D for Profit program is a competitive grants initiative that boosts funding to the country’s 15 rural research and development corporations. It supports nationally coordinated research for the benefit of Australian primary producers, outside of the levy system. Since the program begun in 2015, Hort Innovation has led or otherwise supported a number of collaborative Rural R&D for Profit projects, including this one. You can learn more about the program on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s website here.


Visit the University of New England website here to access the tree crop maps established by the first iteration of this project project, and to download the Land Use Survey App to contribute to the mapping efforts, or use the Industry Engagement Web App to review and provide comments on the map to date.


This project was managed by Hort Innovation and supported by funding from the Australian Government's Rural R&D for Profit program.

The citrus R&D levy has also been invested in the program's specific ST19008 through the Hort Innovation Citrus Fund.