The NSW Department of Primary Industries, supported by Hort Innovation, has evaluated new citrus varieties for Australian citrus growers for the past 20. DPI was the first to show Afourer mandarins in Australia, were involved in developing common oranges for fresh fruit and processing, and continue to provide an independent evaluation of new citrus varieties in this new era of PBR (Plant Breeder’s Rights) protected varieties.
A new suite of variety information sheets is being released, developed from data collected at the Dareton Primary Industries Institute, Sunraysia. The sheets are available through our website here (click on the Rootstocks & Varieties tab). You can see an example here.
The sheets present the estimated maturity window in the Riverina and Sunraysia, internal quality in that maturity window (Brix°, acid %, ratios, skin thickness, number of seeds), general comments, and, in most cases, sequential juice results from representative seasons.
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