DAF Small Tree High Productivity Project mango field walk

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) hosted a two-hour field walk at the Walkamin Research Station on 29 November, to showcase the latest mango research.

The research forms part of the transforming subtropical / tropical tree crop productivity project, which is the major component of DAF’s ground-breaking Small Tree High Productivity Initiative. 

DAF’s Dr Ian Bally and Dr Paula Ibell outlined to growers and other industry participants the key areas of the project with support from the local research team, Cheryl Maddox, Dr Mahmud Kare, and PhD student Anahita Mizani. 

University of Queensland PhD student Anahita Mizani explaining the different root stock-scion combinations and the methods being used for the assessment of vigour control at the root stock experiment.

University of Queensland PhD student Anahita Mizani explaining the different root stock-scion combinations and the methods being used for the assessment of vigour control at the root stock experiment.

Together they guided visitors through the trial site, discussing and answering questions on the key subjects of the project—trellis and single leader tree training, planting systems, vigour control and light interception, root stock trials and the new mango varieties. 

The event was a great opportunity to get the latest updates on the project, see the performance and cropping of the three-year-old experimental trees growing at different densities and training systems, and to talk directly to the scientists undertaking such intensive and innovative research, aimed at maximising the efficacy of future mango orchards. 

The transforming subtropical / tropical tree crop productivity project is now in its third year and is a collaboration between HIA, using the across industry research and development levy and co-investment funds from Queensland Government, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, and funds from the Australian Government.

Article submitted by Dr Geoff Dickinson, Senior Horticulturist, and Kaila Ridgway, Development Horticulturist, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mareeba. Contact geoff.dickinson@daf.qld.gov or kaila.ridgway@daf.qld.gov for further information.