Research station bears fruit
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.