Novel bio-based solutions for effective management of key root pathogens of Australian protected cropping systems

This project will provide industry with novel solutions to control key root pathogens, increase farm profitability of horticulture crops and significantly advance economic and technological growth of Australian agribusiness industries. It will develop and apply novel bio-based technologies that simultaneously harness crop-optimised microbiomes and plant immune systems and biochemical products to transform how protected and field cropping systems tackle the key biotic constraint of root diseases.

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Develop novel integrated disease management strategies for delivering solutions to mitigate the impact of major broccolini diseases

This project supports Perfection Fresh in finding solutions that address pathogen-related broccolini wastage and decreased yield as well as the limited growing season of a highly sought-after, high-value crop. The project aims to test different applications’ capacity to reduce infection rates and maintain plant nutrient flow into the development of inflorescences and the main broccolini product.

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Optimum cooling strategies for vegetable protected cropping in warm climates

The focus of this project is on describing the crop, technology and climate interactions that result from implementing various protected cropping strategies and greenhouse designs in the warm Australian climate. This entails evaluating the long-term performance of several cooling technologies and greenhouses, including characterising the energy-saving potential of smart glass (glass coated with photoselective thin film) for greenhouses via crop trials.

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National map of protected cropping systems

The CRC is collaborating in this Hort Innovation project to provide essential baseline data to support logistical decisions around industry growth, transport, labour, market access, food security, drought resilience, water infrastructure, natural disaster and biosecurity response. This data will also be an essential base layer for many federally supported initiatives including biosecurity, soils, climate resilience and carbon.

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