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16/05/2006 Session 1 - Breeding Lowchill, High Quality Summerfruit for the Australian Industry
The low chill breeding project is now in its 4th year and has made rapid progress in its aims of producing new, high-quality, low chill stonefruit varieties for the Australian industry. Over 4,900 hybrid seedlings were planted at Nambour in 2005 with 85% being peach and nectarine and the remaining 15% comprising plum, apricot, cherry and hybrids. An early ripening peach selection performed well at test sites in northern NSW. It will be subject to consumer evaluation tests in 2006 prior to a decision on commercial release.
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16/05/2006 Session 1 - Performance of low chill stonefruits in highlands of sub-tropical Asia
Growing low-chill stonefruits in highlands of sub-tropical climate is a challenge but is commercially feasible. It offers an opportunity for domestic and export marketing without much competition. However, successful production depends on the availability of very low-chill cultivars (less than 150 CU) with excellent qualities and early ripening (70-90 days of FDP).
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16/05/2006 Session 1 - PhytoNova ® Company Overview
The Company’s objective is to manage the availability of Phytonova varieties so as to avoid the ‘commodity trap’. This trap, driven by over production relative to market demand, regularly afflicts agricultural products, creating a ‘boom-bust’ cycle. Overcoming this cycle can only be achieved through proper management of the production system.
W: http://www.phytonova.com.au
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16/05/2006 Session 1 - Some of the differing responses of peach rootstocks to root temperatures
Trials examining the influence of root zone temperatures (RZT), found that independently of air temperatures, root temperatures had a substantial effect on growth and it’s partitioning among roots, stems and leaves. Furthermore there were considerable differences among rootstock varieties in both their growth and its partitioning in response to changing root zone temperatures.
W: http://library.uws.edu.au
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16/05/2006 Session 2 - Discussion - Low Chill Stonefruit Market Performance
Facilitated discussion Session – low chill stonefruit quality out-turn, chaired by Andrew Young CEO, Brisbane Markets Ltd, with panel of session speakers and marketer representatives (Ross Barker – Barkers Melbourne (platinum Sponsor), Tony Carter – Montague Fresh (QLD), Darryl Wallace – Coles Supermarkets, Paul Barsoum – FHG Rogers.
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16/05/2006 Session 2 - Stonefruit consumer evaluation: melting versus nonmelting flesh in peaches and nectarine
Nonmelting flesh in peach and nectarine offers potential benefits for both growers and consumers. Growers would benefit because nonmelting (firmer flesh) stonefruit typically damage less easily during harvest, transport and storage which results in a reduction of product loss compared to melting (softer flesh) stonefruit. Consumers would benefit if the increased flesh firmness allows the fruit to be delivered to markets when it is physiologically closer to tree-ripe.
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16/05/2006 Session 2 - Stonefruit mealiness – the quiet destroyer
Consistently delivering high quality fruit to consumers is vital to expanding domestic demand for stone fruit and for meeting the requirements of our export markets. Disorders such as mealiness, internal browning or flesh bleeding or reddening can deter consumers from purchasing stone fruit.
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16/05/2006 Session 2 - The 2005 low chill season out-turn
Have we ‘lifted our game’ since 2003 conference?
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16/05/2006 Session 4 - Compac Sorting Equipment Ltd
Providing solutions to the international fruit and vegetable post harvest industry. Developing equipment, software and technology for sorting produce and improving packhouse efficiency.
W: http://www.compacsort.com
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16/05/2006 Session 4 - Development of untapped export opportunities to Asia
Australia has an excellent opportunity to increase exports of counter-seasonal, low chill stonefruit to Asia during the months of September to December, inclusive. In contrast to developed countries, Asian populations are becoming increasingly urbanised, and disposable incomes are increasing rapidly. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China now has over 200 million middle class people with this number expected to double in the next 10 years.
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16/05/2006 Session 4 - Harding Horticulture, Neergabby WA
Set on the limestone coast of Western Australia approximately 1 hour north of Perth in Neergabby (West Gingin), Harding Horticulture’s low-chill peach and nectarine orchard occupies approximately five acres within a 40 acre property. Backing to the south onto the high conservation classed Gingin Brook; the property is slightly undulating and is bounded on the east by a cattle hobby farm, on the north by a citrus orchard and by a turf farm on the west.
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16/05/2006 Session 4 - One touch produce packaging, its impact on the stonefruit industry
Presentation not yet available
W: http://www.amcor.com.au
   
16/05/2006 Session 4 - Tropical Fruits 2006, Dandaragan Property (WA)
The Rewards Group Tropical Fruits 2006 Scheme will result in the establishment and operation of intensively managed irrigated mango, stone fruit (plums and peaches) and red flesh grapefruit orchards.
W: http://www.rewardsgroup.com.au
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17/05/2006 Session 5 - Export experiences of the South African Low Chill Fruit Industry
Traditionally South Africa’s principal stone fruit export market has been the United Kingdom. In recent years, that has changed to the European Union. As the season progresses more fruit is diverted from these markets to alternative markets, in an effort to stabilise the market and effectively the price. However at the start of the season, for the low chill component, the market is principally in these two regions.
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17/05/2006 Session 5 - South Africa – low chill stonefruit industry overview
Of the 1 768 hectares of low chill stone fruit in South Africa, comprising 2.4% of the total deciduous fruit plantings in 2005, 1254 hectares (70%) is currently “locally bred” by ARC Infruitec. These figures are also going to change, with another local South African breeding programme starting to deliver cultivars. The “International” suppliers’ volumes are also increasing under the grower club banner and are projected to make great strides in the next 3-5 years.
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17/05/2006 Session 5 - South African Low chill stonefruit varietal development program
By means of careful selection of breeding parents and recurrent selection, the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij managed to obtain significant successes. Currently the stone fruit breeding programme of the ARC is comparing favorably to the large number of foreign low chill varieties available to a selected few in South Africa.
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17/05/2006 Session 6 - Balancing Budgets: Matching nutrient removal to tree nutrition
In the long term, by using soil and leaf tests coupled with crop nutrient replacement software we will be better able to match tree nutrient requirements, crop yields and fertiliser applications whilst managing off- site effects on the environment.
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17/05/2006 Session 6 - Heavy Metal Impurities in Copper Products
Coppox® is a 500g active copper oxychloride, the formulation of which is of exceptionally high-quality.
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17/05/2006 Session 6 - IPDM for low chill stonefruit
Managing pests and diseases is difficult at the best of times, but add the complexity of ICA requirements and pests such as Queensland fruit fly and White Peach scale and the job becomes even more difficult. So where does a ‘soft’ strategy like Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) fit into the low-chill picture?
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17/05/2006 Session 6 - New training & management systems for low chill stonefruit
New management systems and techniques have been developed for growing low-chill stonefruit under sub-tropical environments.
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17/05/2006 Session 6 - Terra Firma & Grow Force Fertilizers available from CRT
W: http://www.growforce.com.au
W: http://www.tff.com.au
W: http://eden.ruralco.com.au
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17/05/2006 Session 7 - An urgent industry response to the APVMA Chemical Review Program
A preliminary assessment has indicated that the uses of dimethoate and fenthion in stonefruit will come under significant pressure. The most problematic are the post-harvest treatments; for these it is highly likely that the outcome of the review will be their removal from the label. For in-field use, it is expected that the provision of current residue data would result in a positive outcome and retention of the use. Therefore, to address the potential problem the industry needs to consider the possible funding of residue trials.
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17/05/2006 Session 7 - APVMA Chemical Review Program Update
The APVMA will keep industry informed of data requirement and any findings as the reviews progress.
W: http://www.apvma.gov.au
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17/05/2006 Session 7 - Crop protection planning – the fruit fly menace
Fruit flies cause significant damage to crops. Controlling fruit flies to produce marketable products causes significant costs to the grower. Time and money spent on combating fruit flies may contribute to poor returns to the grower. Crop protection planning will help minimise fruit fly control costs and market losses by being proactive in fruit fly minimisation and control.
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17/05/2006 Session 7 - Fresh Produce Watch – “Putting food safety first
Fresh Produce Watch seeks to maintain consumer confidence in the safety and quality of Australian fresh fruit and vegetables. It also aims to improve growers’ knowledge, understanding and commitment to responsible chemical use and sustainable agricultural practices.
W: http://www.freshproducewatch.com.au
   
17/05/2006 Session 7 - Imported stone fruit and Biosecurity Australia's risk analysis process
The science indicated that the risk assessment for the importation of stone fruit from the USA (California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) can be undertaken as review of policy.
W: Biosecurity Australia
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17/05/2006 Session 7 - The Irradiation Option
Steritech offers two effective sterilisation/decontamination solutions: Gamma Irradiation and Ethylene Oxide processing (EtO). These solutions decontaminate and sterilise a range of products. Steritech routinely processes over 100 different products, everything from medical products to quarantine goods.
W: http://www.steritech.com.au
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