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CQUni supports efforts to smash the avocado production bottleneck

CQUni supports efforts to smash the avocado production bottleneck

Published:07 February 2018

Associate Professor Talitha Best and Professor Phil Brown from CQUniversity's Institute for Future Farming Systems.

A new stem cell multiplication method could double Queensland’s avocado production as well as reducing the time for new avocado varieties to reach commercial orchards.

The project is led by the University of Queensland and supported by CQUniversity researchers who will address industry uptake and market analysis assessments.

Queensland produces 50 percent of Australia’s high-value avocado crop, worth $460 million a year. However, the industry is hampered by a shortage of high-quality planting material and there is a backlog of plant orders until 2020.

UQ seeks stem cell multiplication as an alternative to cumbersome methods of supplying new trees by taking cuttings and rooting them.

Meanwhile, CQUni support comes from Associate Professor Talitha Best and Professor Phil Brown, who together provide a unique combination of psychological and horticultural sciences.

They will survey end-user and consumer opinion, identifying any barriers or misconceptions impeding uptake and potential adoption issues for the industry.

The CQUni researchers also will provide regional-based development, assessment and evaluation of adoption and outreach.

The project aims to supply 500 times more avocado plants to industry than is currently possible.

It hopes to reduce the time it takes for new varieties to reach commercial orchards from 10 years to three years or less.

The project involves researchers from UQ, CQUni and the University of Southern Queensland, along with industry partners including Andersons Horticulture Pty Ltd. Funding has been provided through the State Government's Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships.