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Latest developments on Charcoal Rot
Charcoal rot, caused by the soil fungus Macrophomina phaseolina, has become more prevalent across the Australian strawberry industry.  There are several probable reasons for this trend including the withdrawal of methyl bromide as a soil fumigant (except under certain limited conditions with a Critical Use Exemption) as well as poor on-farm hygiene and biosecurity management.  Several new industry updates in relation to Charcoal rot are available, click here for more information.
New robotic picking wheel design patented
Agricultural robotics continues to be an emerging industry, with a new automatic strawberry harvester picking wheel design being patented by Harvest Croo Robotics in the United States. Find out more about this latest design here.
South Africa Study Tour
Expressions of Interest are currently being sort from growers who are interested in participating in a study tour of South Africa in November this year.  This is a great opportunity to step outside your own backyard and have a look at strawberry production in another country.  There is much to learn from what other growers are doing first hand in other parts of the world.  To find out more details of the proposed study tour itinerary, click here, or if you would like to express your interest, please contact Sub-Tropical IDO Jennifer Rowling on 0438 752 177 or office@qldstrawberries.com.au by Wednesday 27th July.
Temperate Strawberry Industry Development Officer appointed
Slobodan Vujovic has recently been appointed as Temperate Strawberry Industry Development Officer. Slobodan has over 20 years experience across all sectors of the Victorian Horticultural industry, including government, private and industry non for profit.  Find out more details about Slobodan here
Resources
Coles Nurture Fund (CNF)

Coles has established the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) to support small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.  The Coles Nurture Fund will allocate $50 million over five years in grants and interest-free loans to fund the development of new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes. 

Applications for the third round must be submitted electronically by 5pm AEST on Monday 29 August 2016.  Click here for further information on the fund and to complete an application form.

New tissue nutrient reference levels for Victorian day-neutral strawberries cv. "Albion"
New leaf tissue reference levels for Albion strawberries have been established from a three-year study of commercial strawberry farms in Victoria.  Click here to find out more. 
Events
8th International Strawberry Symposium 2016
When: 13th August - 17th August, 2016
Where: Quebec City Convention Centre, Canada

Building on the success of past editions, the next ISHS International Strawberry Symposium will take place in Quebec City from the 13th to the 17th of August 2016. Known as the Olympics of strawberry, the next edition will be the meeting place of all those involved in the science and development of the strawberry industry worldwide. Find out more information about the conference here

Strawberry Festival
When: 20th August, 2016
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point
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About this program
Strawberry Innovation is a new national program, aimed at improving the communication and adoption of research outcomes and new practices across the Australian strawberry industry.

The production of strawberries in Australia is driven by continuous improvement, and identifying ways of increasing the efficiency and sustainability of production is paramount for a profitable strawberry industry.

Working with existing industry networks, Strawberry Innovation provides a coordinated approach to ensure targeted, industry relevant research outcomes and innovation is shared to support on-farm decision making and practices.  

The Strawberry Innovation program is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, using the strawberry industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
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