There is a project, led by the University of Queensland, that will benefit farmers and industry as new pineapple varieties are being developed that grow more reliably and predictably.
Professor Jimmy Botella from UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and his team have received $575,000 of Australian Government research funding to address the biggest issue affecting pineapple farming’s viability.
“Premature flowering of pineapple plants can lead to a highly erratic pineapple supply, both in Australia and internationally,” Professor Botella said. “It’s bad for the long-term sustainability of the industry, but luckily, new technologies offer new solutions. Our new research will aim to help Australia’s pineapple farming industry, by developing a breed of pineapple resistant to premature flowering.”
Professor Botella believes the research has the potential to significantly improve Australia, and the world’s, pineapple production, with concrete benefits to consumers and industry.
“This has the potential to transform the industry,” he said. “It will create highly planned and managed production for producers and consumers, and eventually, the ability for pineapple growers to expand their reach into new domestic and international markets. And farmers using these varieties can also expect to increase their production, improving their bottom line.”
“We’re hoping our research is a boon for producers, for workers and for the economy. The majority of Australian pineapples are grown in Queensland, so it’s only fitting that University of Queensland-led research is strengthening the pineapple industry.”