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Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia's horticulture industry.

As one of the nation's 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations, we're tasked with investing horticulture levies and Australian Government contributions into initiatives to help the industry be as productive and profitable as possible.

In addition to the levy-focused investment activities that are our core work, Hort Innovation also forges partnerships with a broad range of co-investors to deliver investments through our Hort Frontiers arm. Hort Frontiers was established by Hort Innovation to address a range of long-term and complex issues that are critical to the future of Australian horticulture.

Innovation

World-first yield forecasting technology offers avocado growers 93% accuracy

The University of New England has developed an app that makes it easier for avocado growers to forecast yields – and with greater accuracy. UNE’s CropCount team is now looking for partners to help scale CropCount to bring this advantage to other tree crop producers.

  • Funded by
    Hort Innovation
  • Led by
    University of New England (UNE)
Picking

Multi-armed mango auto-harvester set to speed up picking by 90%

As it gets increasingly difficult to find reliable labour to pick acid-spurting mangoes in the tropical heat, a world-first automated harvester developed by Central Queensland University’s Fruitronics team and Hort Innovation, are now seeking commercial partnership from an agricultural equipment manufacturer.

  • Led by
    Hort Innovation
  • In collaboration with
    Central Queensland University (CQU)
Horticulture

Innovation in horticulture to benefit people, plants and the planet

The future of innovation in horticulture is bright and will underpin the production of produce that is good for Australia and the world. 

 

Hort Innovation’s Head of R&D Byron de Kock said, “We strive for balance across our Research, Development and Extension program that represents more than $400 million of investment. At one end of the spectrum, we strive to transform and revolutionise through initiatives in biotechnology and robotics. At the other end, we seek to protect current production through biosecurity, crop protection, pest and disease control investments.”

  • Led by
    Hort Innovation
  • Featuring
    Byron De Kock, Hort Innovation, Head of R&D
Urban farming

Bringing high tech horticulture to urban areas in Australia – rooftop, underground and floating farms

Hort Innovation is working with a consortium, led by agricultural consultancy RMCG in partnership with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and global urban agriculture consultancy Agritecture, to assess the potential of emerging production technology and its application in the Australian urban landscape as part of a six-month project. 

 

The benefits to growers and Australia by use of technology such as vertical farm systems and hydroponics is food production and delivery systems that have the potential to redefine horticulture by optimising yield, quality, and supply.

  • Led by
    Hort Innovation
Genomics

Tree genomics program sequences 300 macadamia varieties to improve productivity and profitability for growers

The National Tree Genomics program is in the final stages of sequencing over 300 macadamia wild and cultivated varieties.

 

The national program harnesses cutting-edge genetic technologies for the benefit of Australian horticultural tree crop industries. New tools are currently being developed that will equip Australian plant breeders to deliver new varieties with key productivity and profitability traits. New tools will also stem from this program for growers to enhance farm productivity.

  • Led by
    Hort Innovation
New varieties

Strawberry breeding program delights tastebuds

Every strawberry season, researchers from the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program trial, taste and assess thousands of new varieties of strawberry developed through natural breeding to identify the best tasting and yielding fruit for Australia.

 

Funded by Hort Innovation in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the program supports the Australian strawberry industry by giving them access to improved, locally adapted superior varieties.   

  • Led by
    Hort Innovation

Commercial opportunities

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Fruits

Mango auto harvester

Opportunity for

  • Machinery manufacturing and distribution companies interested in new products and services
  • Agronomy service companies interested in new products and services
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Opportunity type

    Licensing, Research partner, Field trial

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

Research projects

Other research projects
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Fruits

Experimental Summerfruit Orchard - Phase II

This investment supports ongoing research and development being undertaken at the summer fruit experimental orchard based in Tatura, Victoria specifically …
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Start date

    31 May 2018

  • Research organisation

    Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR) [Vic]

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Vegetables

Phenomenom The Good Mood Food Module

This project created new Ph! resources aligned to Hort Innovation's The Good Mood Food initiative. The project was delivered by …
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Start date

    30 Jun 2020

  • Research organisation

    Edible Adventures Productions

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Wine

Review of the Biosecurity plan for the grape industries

This investment provides funding into a collaborative project with Wine Australia, to deliver an updated viticulture biosecurity plan for the …
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Start date

    18 Sep 2018

  • Research organisation

    Plant Health Australia (PHA)

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Other rural industries

Developing Nursery industry career pathways

This investment is working to attract new entrants and retain existing staff in all sectors of the Australian nursery industry, …
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Start date

    10 Jun 2020

  • Research organisations

    Greenlife Industry Australia, RM Consulting Group (RMCG)

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