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Crop and varietal data to better understand the importance of pollination

This project will ensure that all available crop pollination dependency data is easily accessible to relevant stakeholders (eg growers, apiarists, consultants, plant breeders) and that ongoing data collection is standardised and addresses research gaps. Having access to this information will enable strategies for effective pollination to be developed by industry through understanding of their pollination requirements across varieties.

The research team will undertake the following:

  • Creation of a central, updateable database which collates existing horticultural crop pollination dependence data. This will include a summary of cultivar specific crop pollination requirements (i.e. cross vs self) and key insect pollinators (both managed and wild insects).

  • Development and publication of methods for ongoing pollination dependency data collection.

  • Delivery of new knowledge (case studies) addressing research gaps in crop pollination via field assessments to evaluate pollinator dependency of key Australian crop varieties.

    • Completion of a gap analysis regarding pollination dependence, and pollinator management for various cultivars and regions, including remaining research gaps and limitations to best-case pollination management for focal industries.

Project date

31 Aug 2026

Principal investigator

Ashley Zamek

Research organisation

Plant and Food Research

Project led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Cross industry Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Vegetables

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 …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Cross industry Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Vegetables
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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