Research

Addressing one of the key challenges of the mango industry: bringing new talent in

Identified in the Mango SIAP Strategic Investment Plan for 2017-2021 was a key challenge addressing a lack of skilled workforce and an aging industry. To solve this issue, Hort Innovation have partnered with program delivery partners Rimfire Resources and Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) with an aim to increase graduate interest in careers across the Australian horticultural sector, including mangoes.

Why understanding climate change makes cents for the mango industry

At a recent workshop in Darwin, industry representatives heard that mango growing regions are set to warm up over the coming decades, with potentially serious impacts on mango production. Add in other changes, such as more intense rainfall events, and the news isn’t good. However, action now by growers with an eye to the future will help ensure enterprises remain sustainable.

Understanding available climate change information is critical to this forward planning.

Advances in what we know about RCD

A successful partnership between the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania and the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources is driving research to help understand the causes and control of resin canal discolouration (RCD).

Check fruit for red banded caterpillar

Red banded mango caterpillar (RBMC; Deanolis sublimbalis) is considered a serious threat to Australia’s mango industry. Though, RBMC has not reached any commercial mango plantations in Australia and poses no immediate threat to the mango industry, the pest has caused commercial losses in the order of 10-15% in tropical parts of Asia. It has also been detected at several locations near the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula. 

Selling Australian mangoes to China directly through e-commerce

China had more than 700 million Internet users in 2017 and has emerged as the world leader in e-commerce (Marinova 2017). Increasingly, Chinese consumers are shopping online for fresh fruits and vegetables because they don’t have to pay for storage and handling costs associated with traditional retail channels. This trend could point to a potential market for Australian mangoes. 

Making good decisions from your cold chain temperature data

Maintaining an effective cold chain by monitoring temperature is the most important thing you can do to ensure the best quality product when it arrives in market. In the past, temperature loggers had to be retrieved to access the data, but a new generation of loggers can give you real-time information about the temperature and location of your consignment without relying on someone to retrieve the logger and send data to you. 

Manbulloo Mangoes tests blockchain technology on its Burdekin mango farm

Work on a new pilot project promising to enhance quality monitoring of northern Australian mangoes and reduce food waste kicked off in the Burdekin this month. CRCNA-backed startup, Trust Provenance, implemented the solution at Manbulloo’s Horseshoe Lagoon property, with the trial now monitoring mangoes as they are boxed, stacked in pallets and loaded onto trucks ready to be sent to market.