Avocado industry judges fruit from tissue culture-grown plants

Trials in select avocado-growing regions throughout Australia have revealed the benefits of clonal tissue culture rootstocks in yielding high-quality fruit. Industry stakeholders and special guests were given a sample of the tissue culture-grown fruit in Brisbane as part of the Hort Connections conference.

The tissue culture technology allows for up to 500 times more plants to be grown from a single cutting in 10-12 months. This significantly reduces both resources required and the time it currently takes to produce a plant for sale in an orchard.

The University of Southern Queensland has done some economic modelling which suggests the tissue culture technology offers a potential 21 per cent return on investment to avocado growers.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Queensland-owned and invented technology platform has been validated from lab to orchard, and was now progressing to commercial roll out.

"Queensland produces the majority of Australia's avocados and this innovation offers opportunities for growers across the state," he told northqueenslandregister.com.au.

In trials funded by the Queensland Government's Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships, tissue culture plants produced in a laboratory and then grafted with Australia's main avocado variety, Hass, have been successfully established in fields in Bundaberg, Tully and Lakeland and two locations in Western Australia - Pemberton and Busselton.

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