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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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TIA supports improving the quality and productivity of tree fruit and berry crop sectors through research, development and extension.

Our research team undertakes world-class research to help industry manage tree fruit and berry crops more efficiently and support continued growth and sustainability.

We collaborate with growers and industry advisors in commercial orchards and berry farms to ensure our research is relevant, meets industry needs and that results are communicated effectively throughout industry.

We are the lead agency for cherry research and a support agency for Rubus and apples under the National RD&E Framework. As part of this role, TIA works closely with other research agencies in the National Horticulture Research Network and industry bodies to ensure research is aligned with industry objectives.

We are a participant (and past coordinator) of the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS) program that coordinates organisations around Australia to undertake orchard research for the apple and pear industry. PIPS is funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy funds from growers. As part of this program, TIA researchers lead research looking at tree structure and improved tree and fruit nutrition.

Our research and technical support staff have wide ranging expertise including:

  • Fruit tree physiology
  • Tree crop nutrition
  • Pest and disease management
  • New crop development
  • Post-harvest fruit science
  • Industry extension and development