More Industry Programs

Driving continuous improvement of the Australia apple and pear industry.

PIPS2 addresses key gaps in our understanding of orchard productivity through integrated and efficient R&D. PIPS2 comprises six projects focused on productivity, irrigation, pests and soils. The program, which has been running since 2009, is delivered by a range of organisations across Australia.

 

 

 

 

PIPS2 Projects

Project: ‘Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple’

Project Leader: Dr Jens Wunsche, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Dr Jens Wunsche

This project focuses on a major constraint to flowering and production of apples: Biennial bearing, the annual cyclical changes in cropping characterised by “on” and “off” years with “heavy” and “light” fruit loads, respectively. The objectives are to clarify how flowering in apple is inhibited or promoted by changes in gene expression and metabolic signals formed within the plant in response to ontogeny, plant resources, cultural practices and environmental cues.

This is an international project which combines the skills and experiences of researchers in both Australia and Germany to develop new knowledge on key plant processes that regulate flowering in apple.

Email Jens or call him on +49 71 145 922 368

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For more in depth research, go to the Research and Statistics page.


Project: ‘Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry’

Project leader: Dr Nigel Swarts, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Learn about this project below at Soils.


Project: ‘Tree structure’

Project leader: Sally Bound, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Sally Bound

The tree structure project had the aim of improving orchard productivity and optimising fruit quality through improved crop load management and fruit quality. The project investigated the genotypic regulation of fruiting behaviour and compared precision crop load management using artificial spur extinction (ASE) with conventionally managed orchard pruning systems.

ASE is the regulation of bud number and distribution by selectively thinning spurs at winter pruning and is part of the ongoing drive to develop high-density orchard systems.

(This project concluded in 2017)

Email Sally or call her on 03 6226 2958

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For more in-depth research, go to the Research and Statistics page or go to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture website.


Project: ‘Profitable pears: maximising productivity and quality of new pear varieties’

Project leader: Dr Ian Goodwin, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Victoria

The Australian National Pear Breeding Program has developed several new, unique red-blushed pear cultivars with the potential to recapture the fresh pear market. The profitable pears project aims to research and develop orchard management systems to maximise and sustain productivity of high-quality red-blushed pears. The project focused on investigating irrigation techniques, nitrogen use efficiency, root pruning, rootstock performance, planting density and training systems through an experimental orchard at Tatura known as the Profitable Pears SmartFarm.

The Profitable Pears SmartFarm also provides a resource for students, growers and service providers to study and demonstrate technologies and management systems and for scientists to continue research and innovation on red-blushed pears.

(This project concluded in 2018)

Email Ian or call him on 03 5833 5240

Learn more about this project:

Videos for this project are available on the Horticulture Industry Networks Website under the Profitable Pear section.

For more in-depth research, go to the Research and Statistics page.

Learn how to only use water where it is working for you by understanding regulated deficit irrigation (RDI):

Irrigation scheduling of pears using Regulated Deficit Irrigation.

For more information, contact Dr Ian Goodwin or call him on 03 5833 5240

Read a detailed paper on drip irrigation:

Drip irrigation wetting patterns and nitrate distribution: comparison between electrical resistivity (ERI), dye tracer, and 2D soil-water modelling approaches.

For more information, contact Dr Nigel Swarts or call him on 03 6226 2174

Project: ‘Integrated pest and disease management’

Project Leader: David Williams, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), Agriculture Victoria

The Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) project aims to complete the field release of the imported parasitoid Mastrus ridens in pome fruit orchards in eastern Australian states and to evaluate the effectiveness of M.ridens as a biocontrol agent against codling moth.

Longer term outcomes resulting from successful completion of the project will be that Australian pome fruit growers will be at the forefront of biological and integrated management of codling moth, leading to more sustainable productivity, economic viability and resilience for the industry.

Email David for more information or call him on 03 5833 5222

Learn more about this project:

For more information, go to the Horticulture Industry Networks Website.

 

Project: ‘Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry’

Project leader: Dr Nigel Swarts, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

This project will improve the production of consistent, high quality apples through a better understanding of tree nutrient management. This research will build upon findings from PIPS 1 fertigation research to develop strategic decision support (SINATA) for growers on irrigation and nutrient management in major growing regions. This project has characterised the major soil types used for growing apples across South Eastern Australia to guide irrigation and nutrition schedules.

Learn more about this project:

To find out more on the morphology, hydrology, and chemistry of these soils, and how you can use this information in your orchard, go to http://www.applesoils.com

You can also email Nigel, call him on 03 6226 2174, or read more:

For more in-depth research, go to the Research and Statistics page or go to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture website.

Independent Program Coordinator

The PIPS2 coordinator facilitates communication across PIPS2 and the broader apple and pear industry and provides Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) support. This will ensure the achievements of the Program are captured and encourage continuous improvement in program delivery.

The PIPS2 coordinators are Dr Anne-Maree Boland and Dr Kristen Stirling from RM Consulting Group (RMCG). For more information contact Anne-Maree or Kristen on 03 9882 2670 or email anne-mareeb@rmcg.com.au.

 

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