Australian citrus industry

Increasing Australian Citrus Export Demand

Daniel CooperExport, International

With production gains projected in coming seasons, the Australian citrus industry has instituted a plan to increase demand overseas. A $5.3 million market development and quality program is being delivered through Hort Innovation and led by Citrus Australia. Its intent is to ensure the Australian citrus industry remains well-informed, profitable and able to supply quality fruit reliably and sustainably to …

Native Lime Might Keep HLB Out of Australia

Josh McGillHLB Management, International, Limes

A comprehensive map of the genome of an Australian native lime species that is resistant to HLB could be the key to preventing the disease from entering Australia. Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia have sequenced the genome of the Australian round lime, also known as the Gympie lime. They are now looking at five other native …

New Citrus Varieties to Be Assessed in Australia

Josh McGillInternational, Varieties

Hort Innovation announced it will invest $987,000 to assess new citrus varieties that are suited to Australian growing conditions. Funded by Hort Innovation’s citrus levy, the project will provide independent assessment of the horticultural performance of new citrus varieties under Australian conditions, as well as testing citrus varieties for trueness-to-type. The assessments will take place in Dareton in New South …

Trialing Tree Immunizations for HLB, Xylella

Josh McGillHLB Management, International, Research

Australia’s Hort Innovation has announced an $8.7 million investment to trial tree immunizations that protect Australia’s horticulture industries against the deadly huanglongbing (HLB) and Xylella diseases (including citrus variegated chlorosis). Hort Innovation is a grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia’s horticulture industry. Hort Innovation Chief Executive Brett Fifield said the investment aims to safeguard key Australian horticulture industries by …