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.
The 2018/2019 mango season saw some extreme weather events, especially in The Tablelands where the region experienced high temperatures followed by extreme rainfall. AMIA thought it a prudent time to give growers a refresher on reducing lenticel damage; both on-farm and in the packing shed.
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.
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.
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.
Queenslander Rai Bin’s newly planted hybrid mango trees currently represent the largest commercial plantings of three new varieties in Australia – but it’s been a long time coming.
New intensive mango management systems including high-density and trellis designs are currently being trialled by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Queensland (DAF) in both the ‘Small Tree High Productivity Initiative’ (STHPI) and the ‘Cyclone Resilience’ projects.
A new website (apmangonet.org) has been developed to connect researchers engaged in the production and trade of mangoes in the Asia-Pacific region. This new site provides a platform to share research outcomes and allow collaboration between research centres, institutions and supply chain stakeholders.
The last field season is about to kick off for the Charles Darwin University Magpie Goose Research Team. The researchers are studying Magpie Goose biology and ecology and investigating novel management techniques to inform future management programs.
Australian mangoes are highly sought after in Asia, particularly as gifts for special occasions. Building this market requires consistent, premium product delivered to consumers. This can only be achieved by all partners along the supply chain working together to prevent loss of quality from poor handling practices.