Re­search sta­tion bears fruit

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

VI­TAL re­search at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Ap­plethorpe Re­search Fa­cil­ity is help­ing Queens­land farm­ers pro­duce more at­trac­tive, flavour­some and ro­bust straw­ber­ries.

Vis­it­ing the fa­cil­ity, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Mark Furner said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Aus­tralian Straw­berry Breed­ing Pro­gram was tar­get­ing our three ma­jor straw­berry pro­duc­tion re­gions – tem­per­ate, sub­trop­i­cal and Mediter­ranean – to get the best fruit.

“Breed­ing tri­als at Ap­plethorpe dur­ing 2018 have de­vel­oped two new va­ri­eties, Sum­mer Song and Scar­let-silk, which are be­ing tri­alled this sea­son by straw­berry pro­duc­ers in Queens­land, Vic­to­ria, Tasmania, South Aus­tralia and Western Aus­tralia,” Mr Furner said.

“In ad­di­tion, our straw­berry breed­ing team has just com­menced a new five-year $8.6 mil­lion Na­tional Straw­berry Va­ri­etal De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, co-funded by Hort In­no­va­tion, to de­liver new and im­proved va­ri­eties to all pro­duc­tion re­gions in Queens­land.”

Mr Furner said the Ap­plethorpe Re­search Fa­cil­ity was a hub of re­search ac­tiv­ity.

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