Published: 6 Jun 2018
Working closely with Tasmania’s cherry sector, TIA researchers hope to optimise nitrogen use for improved productivity and fruit quality.
The project is led by TIA Research Fellow, Dr Nigel Swarts, who specialises in tree crop nutrition.
“Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for tree crops, such as cherries, and has been identified as a major factor in yield, fruit size and postharvest quality and taste,” Dr Swarts said.
“Nitrogen fertiliser is also a major proportion of farm production costs, so it’s important that the application is done right.
“We want to help growers produce high-quality cherry fruit with the most efficient use of nitrogen.”
This project will provide Tasmanian cherry growers with the information they need to optimise their management of nitrogen to increase both the quantity and quality of cherry yields.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, The University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Hort Innovation. In-kind support is also provided by Cherry Growers Australia Inc.