Adoption of innovative practices and technologies is essential to growing and developing the Australian mango industry.
Can fruit fly infestations be reduced through area-wide management of mango crops? That is the question Queensland researchers are asking as they look for better ways to protect mangoes from fruit fly.
Researchers investigating the causes of underskin browning (USB) on Honey Gold mangoes have found that spirt sap from mangoes harvested in the afternoon is more likely to cause the skin disorder than sap from mangoes harvested in the morning.
The Small Tree High Productivity Initiative will develop high density and high productivity orchard systems.
This package was developed by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries under the HIA project Delivering information and technology to the mango industry.
While the optimum conditions of transporting and ripening mangoes is more or less known throughout the industry, the inability to monitor and report these conditions can threaten the quality of fruit as it moves through the supply chain.
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (QDAFF) researchers are looking for better ways to protect mangoes from fruit fly. They have set-up farm trials on the Atherton Tablelands and at Bowen to evaluate whether male lures and female baits are a viable alternative to orchard cover sprays for fruit fly control.