Strawberry data generation investments (ST17000 and ST16006)
What was it all about?
The generation of pesticide residue, efficacy and crop safety data is required to support label registration and minor use permit applications made to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) which, when approved, provide access to safe and effective chemicals for the management of pests, weeds and diseases.
In May 2018, Hort Innovation announced the securing of more than $1 million in assistance grants under the Federal Government’s Access to Industry Uses of Agricultural and Veterinary (Agvet) Chemicals program. This funding was used, along with levy contributions, to generate the data required for a range of registration and minor use applications across a variety of horticulture crops through the project Generation of data for pesticide applications in horticulture crops 2018 (ST17000).
For the strawberry industry, this investment supported a Bayer label registration application for Luna Experience (tebuconazole + fluopyram), for the control of Botrytis grey mould and stem-end rot.
Data generation for other applications relevant to the strawberry industry was also supported by the project Generation of residue, efficacy and crop safety data for pesticide applications in horticulture crops 2017 (ST16006) which involved grant funds from an earlier round of the Agvet program, plus some levy contributions.
These projects were strategic levy investments in the Hort Innovation Strawberry Fund