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steady growth for
the melon industry
Welcome to your first Horticulture            industry development activities and            New Seedless watermelon varieties with
Australia (HAL) annual report for the         your industry development officer (IDO),       high yields and quality were assessed
Australian melon industry. The number         Patrick Logue (VM05005). A supply chain        (VX02026), and soluble solids content
of melon voluntary contribution projects      project (VX04001) with Queensland              within current rockmelon varieties was
has steadily to grown along with industry     Department of Primary Industries and           examined (VX00019). Results will
size, and a report from HAL will now be       Fisheries (QDPI&F) examined the supply         continue to strengthen both sectors of
produced to detail project results for all    chain for rockmelons and seedless              the industry with increased productivity
melon stakeholders on an annual basis.        watermelons. In particular, the study          and profitability for growers using
The 2006/07 year has been a productive        examined the impact of current handling        the new varieties and management
year for the Australian melon industry        practices and conditions from harvest to       practices identified. Similarly, Fusarium
despite facing challenges ranging from        retail sale on melon quality, and resulted     wilt resistant grafted watermelon
drought in many regions, to contentious       in the production of quality guides for        rootstocks (VM06002), trials to develop
Salmonella scares. Queensland and             each melon type which are available            an integrated agronomic and postharvest
Northern Territory Primary Industry           from QDPI&F or AMA. Sydney University          handling specification across the melon
Department reports indicated that the         examined the efficacy of some natural          category (VM06001), and trials of a
melon industry doubled in value during        plant defence activators in protecting         silver-leaf whitefly parasitoid (VG06029)
2006, including significant increases in      melons postharvest (VX02030), and              were also targeted at decreasing cost
volumes produced for export markets.          identified that induced resistance can be      to growers and ultimately increasing
                                                                                             profitability at the farm gate.
                                              used as part of a postharvest disease
This report provides a snapshot of the
                                              control strategy for melon.                    continued on page 2
2006/07 melon industry project activities
funded via voluntary contributions (VCs)
and matched funding from the Australian
Government through HAL. Any business,
private individual or grower body is
able to submit a voluntary contribution
project through HAL, and be supported
by matched dollars from the Federal
Government. The program is managed
in partnership with the Australian
Melon Association (AMA) Management

Melon R&D projects for 2006/07 included
projects that addressed pest and
disease problems, agronomy research,
consumer research and supported

                 these projects have been facilitated by hal in partnership with the australian melon association (ama).
                                  Projects have been funded by voluntary contributions from industry.
                           the australian government provides matched funding for all hal’s r&d activities.
reSeArCH AnD
MArkeTInG reSULTS                               ASSISTInG In THe
STrenGTHen THe                                  DeVeLOPMenT OF THe
continued from page 1
                                                AUSTrALIAn MeLOn InDUSTry
The 2006/07 melon consumer research
project (VM05004) has not yet been           The purpose of the Industry Development       and growers in October 2007.
released (all VC projects are confidential   Officer (IDO) position is to build industry
                                                                                           A melon field day was held in July
                                             unity and increase industry participation
for one year post-final report receipt,                                                    2007 in Bundaberg, with 22 growers in
                                             and knowledge of industry issues. The
unless contributors agree to release                                                       attendance. The purpose of this field
                                             IDO, Patrick Logue works three days
results earlier) but these results will be                                                 day was to give the growers a better
                                             a week on the everyday running of the
detailed in the 2007/08 melon industry                                                     understanding of the role of bees in
                                             Australian Melon Association (AMA)            pollination of melons and to explain some
annual report from HAL, or potentially
                                             ensuring the aims and objectives of the       of the problems bee keepers encounter
earlier at the March 2008 conference.
                                             strategic plan are met.                       when placing bee hives on farms. Two
Project results have highlighted the
                                                                                           talks on crop nutrition aimed to provide
benefits of understanding consumer           The IDO works on the AMA
                                                                                           growers with a better understanding
purchasing behaviour, and the                communication strategy, which involves
                                                                                           of the role of micronutrients in melon
importance of putting quality product into   compiling industry newsletters and the
                                                                                           production and the important role that
the market place.                            Melon ‘e’ news. All work associated with
                                                                                           calcium plays in melon production.
                                             The Melon Runner magazine, the annual
For final reports and more detail on all     technical magazine for the Melon Industry     Preparation of the Australian Melon
projects, visit the Horticulture Australia   is the responsibility of the IDO. This        Conference (to be held in Ipswich March
website at             magazine was distributed to all members       2008) is also the responsibility of the
au. Although only a relatively small
investment program, significant industry
benefits are already being generated
through a diverse range of voluntary
contribution projects. Prospects for
the Australian Melon Industry remain
extremely positive and exciting.

for more information contact:
Dr Kendle Wilkinson
Industry Services Manager, HAL
T 07 3394 8208

                                                                                           IDO. Presentations will focus upon

  AUSTrALIAn GOVernMenT                                                                    strengthening the position of committed
                                                                                           producers and marketers, increasing the
  PrIOrITIeS FOr rUrAL                                                                     efficiency of operating and marketing
                                                                                           systems, enhancing the melon eating
  reSeArCH AnD DeVeLOPMenT                                                                 experience of consumers, building
                                                                                           industry unity and increasing participation
  As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to rural research and
                                                                                           in industry affairs as per the melon
  development, horticulture industries can access matching Commonwealth funding            industry strategic plan.
  through HAL for all research and development activities.
  All r&D programs managed through HAL are driven by the strategic direction               Project VM05005
  of horticulture industries and address the Australian Government’s Priorities for        for more information contact:
  rural research and Development. These Government priorities and a breakdown              Patrick Logue, Melon Industry
  of the number of projects and the value of projects that address each priority are       Development Officer
  available in HAL’s annual report. This can be accessed at       T 07 4153 2555

CroP management to imProve
roCkmelon sugar Content
A recently completed project has resulted     The key findings were:
in techniques which allow growers to          Plants should be maintained free of water
increase fruit soluble solids content (SSC)   stress from first flower until the end of
in rockmelon from 8.4 to 11.4 per cent.       harvest, including through the harvest
The project, involving Applied
Horticultural research (AHr) and One          Root health is critical in producing fruit
Harvest, aimed to achieve a SSC level         with high sugars. It is critical to start the
of nine per cent or more in 90 per cent       crop cycle with a fully wetted soil profile,
of the fruit produced. At the start of the    then water to field capacity when the soil
project, 50 per cent of fruit grown in        moisture content falls to a predetermined
Australia was below 8.7 per cent SSC.         refill point.
                                              Fruit soluble solids can be improved
Experiments were conducted on farms at
                                              by removing small fruit that will not be
Bourke, NSW, Mildura, Vic, Kununurra,                                                         • Growing locations which provide
                                              harvested about seven days before the
WA, Humpty Doo, nT and rockhampton,           start of harvest                                  long sunny days with maximum
Qld, as well as at the University of                                                            temperature below 37oC and cool
                                              • Plants should be kept supplied with
Central Queensland, Rockhampton.                                                                nights provide the best conditions for
                                                sufficient n, P, k and Ca in balanced
                                                                                                sugar accumulation in the fruit.
This project is complementary to the Near       applications so that plants don’t run
InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) project            out of nutrients before harvest.              • There is significant genetic potential to
which uses NIRS to screen rockmelons                                                            produce fruit with higher soluble solids
                                              • Fruit load controls vegetative plant
postharvest for internal sugar content.                                                         than current standard varieties.
Trials tested the effects of irrigation,      • High n applications – more than 100           Project VX00019
mineral nutrition, plant spacing and            kg/ha n – do not reduce flowering or          for more information contact:
density, crop load, varieties and foliar        fruit set.                                    Gordon rogers, Applied Horticultural
sprays. In addition, fruit SSC from the       • On the Sydney market in 2004, 46 per          Research Ltd
Sydney Market was measured every                cent of fruit samples were below 10           T 02 9527 0826
fortnight throughout 2004.                      per cent soluble solids.                      E

whole and cut melon


Developing an integrated agronomic             • Which varieties are best for fresh            The high density personal melon
and postharvest handling specification           market and fresh cut fruit?                   plantings have been very promising,
across the melon category has been the         • How can yields and harvest times be           showing higher yields than standard
objective of this project. This will include                                                   planting density, and there is
                                                 predicted (crop modelling)?
seedless watermelons, personal melons,                                                         considerable promise in direct
honeydews and rockmelons.                      • What are the optimum postharvest              seeding pollinators in normal seedless
                                                 storage conditions for personal               watermelons crops.
Due to current drought conditions, it has        watermelons?
become necessary to change several of                                                          Bruce Searle from Crop and Food in new
                                               • What is the optimum pollinator
the trial locations.                                                                           Zealand is assisting in the development
                                                 timing, ratio and planting density for
                                                                                               of the harvest and yield prediction
The trials planned for Chinchilla have           seedless watermelons and personal
been moved to Gatton. The proposed               watermelons?
winter site at Mataranka has also been                                                         Results have been presented to industry
                                               To date, there has been a seedless
changed to a property near Ti Tree                                                             partners SMA and One Harvest. It was
                                               watermelon pollinator timing trial, yield
170km north-north-east of Alice Springs.                                                       agreed that further work on personal
                                               prediction and harvest date prediction
This location allows us to conduct trials in                                                   watermelon density and seedless
                                               trials at Condobolin, personal watermelon
seedless watermelon (SW) and personal                                                          watermelon pollinator timing would be of
                                               planting density and cropping input trials
seedless watermelon (PSW) at the same                                                          benefit to the project.
                                               in spring and autumn at Ti Tree, near Alice
location at a farm where the two are both
                                               Springs in nT and a Gatton in Se QLD.           Project VM006001
grown on a commercial scale.
                                               This summer, there are extensive variety        for more information contact:
Current trial sites are now Gatton (QLD),
                                               trials of all melon types at Gatton and         Gordon rogers, Applied Horticultural
Ti Tree (NT) and Condobolin (NSW).
                                               Condobilin with a particular emphasis on        research
Some of the key issues that are being          finding varieties that will be suitable for     T 02 9527 0826
addressed in the project are:                  processing into fresh cut fruit.                E

A project conducted over four years,              into the moist soil profile, encouraging     Where the crops were limited by
with the main objective of maximising             a large root system. During this time,       pollination, the best yields were
seedless watermelon yield while                   water only when required to stop the         achieved by:
maintaining adequate quality, has                 plant going into water stress, and then
                                                                                               • Changing seedless :pollinator :plant
achieved its goals and assessed                   irrigate to fully rewet the soil profile.      ratio from 3:1 to 2:1
promising new varieties.
                                               • Avoid frequent short irrigations.             • Arranging pollinators in their own row
The highest yields and quality were
                                                                                                 rather than scattering them through
achieved by maintaining the plants free        • After flowering, irrigate when soil
of water stress from establishment to final                                                      the planting
                                                 approach the refill point and irrigate to
harvest. A number of guiding principles          field capacity until the end of harvest.      • Using a pollinating variety that
were developed to use as the basis of an                                                         produces more flowers than the
irrigation management strategy:                The yields of seedless watermelon crops
                                                                                                 standard Red Tiger
                                               were limited by either pollination or by the
• Fully wet the soil profile in the plant                                                      • Fine-tuning the timing of pollinators
                                               number fruiting sites per ha, and that this
  row at or before establishment.                                                                with seedless watermelon plants.
                                               depended on the region, time of year and
• After planting, allow roots to grow out      levels of crop inputs (water and fertilizer).                        continued on page 5

IMPrOVInG SeeDLeSS                           • Direct seeding pollinators rather than     Project VX02026
                                               establishing them via transplants.
WATERMELON                                                                                for more information contact:
                                             Most varieties are firmer than Shadow        Gordon rogers, Applied Horticultural
AGrOnOMy                                     with Classic, RM1290 and Royal Armada        Research
continued from page 4                        the firmest.
                                                                                          T 02 9527 0862
• Increasing bee populations                 The most promising new varieties             E
                                             (compared to Shadow) are in the table
• Using bee attractants                      below:
Where yield was limited by fruiting sites
                                              variety                                           seed supplier
per ha, practices which increased the
number of seedless watermelon plants          Nightshade                                        Jarit
and reduced competition from pollinator
                                              Storm                                             SPS
plants increased yield, i.e:
                                              601-2                                             SPS
• Reducing the number of pollinators
  from 3:1 to 4:1.                            Classic                                           Jarit
• Increasing plant density provided the       Royal Armada                                      Abbott and Cobb
  level of inputs (water and nutrient) was
                                              JTWM 755 very large fruit with good shelf life    Jarit
  increased to match.

imProving melon suPPly
Chain handling systems
That fruit quality and handling              Monitoring revealed that each                Quality guides for rockmelons and
conditions vary considerably between         consignment had a different temperature      watermelons were produced to provide a
consignments of melons, was just one         profile, and that fruit may be exposed to    common melon quality assessment and
of the key findings from the project         both high and low temperatures.              description language, and to improve
‘Improving melon supply chain handling                                                    communication between members of
                                             The external appearance of rockmelons
systems’.                                                                                 the supply chain – from seed companies
                                             deteriorated before any loss of internal
The project investigated the impact          quality while the reverse occurred           through to retailers.
of current handling practices and            with seedless watermelons. Sunken,
                                                                                          A survey of project collaborators and
conditions – from harvest to retail sale     discoloured areas and rots first
                                                                                          non-collaborators found that 74 per cent
– on melon quality. It was funded by five    appeared on rockmelons after two
                                                                                          of respondents had made changes –
melon businesses, Australian Melon           to five days at 20°C. For seedless
Association, Horticulture Australia Ltd                                                   or plan to make changes – to melon
                                             watermelons, the symptoms of quality
(HAL) and the Queensland Department          loss were floury texture and orange flesh    handling practises. Common changes
of Primary Industries and Fisheries.         colour.                                      included improving harvesting systems
                                                                                          to minimise net damage of rockmelons,
Consignments of rockmelons and               Simulation trials were undertaken to         increased monitoring of watermelon
seedless watermelons were monitored          investigate the impact of handling
                                                                                          temperatures to decide when to shift from
from production districts throughout         conditions and practices on melon
                                                                                          non-refrigerated to refrigerated transport,
Australia through to retail or processing    quality. Damage to the netting of
                                                                                          and using the melon quality guides to
warehouses in Brisbane, Sydney and           rockmelons during harvesting, grading
                                                                                          improve communication.
Bairnsdale, VIC. This involved observing     and packing increased the incidence
and documenting handling practices,          of skin deterioration at the other end       Project VX04001
and monitoring fruit and air temperatures    of the supply chain. Holding seedless
in cartons and bins. Quality was             watermelons at 30°C for longer than          for more information contact:
assessed based on fruit sampled from         three days reduced saleable life, but        Scott Ledger, Queensland DPI&F
cartons and bins at packing and at           temperature between 12°C and 30°C did        T 07 3896 9867
destinations.                                not affect quality.                          E

The parasitoid Eretmocerus hayati,
released by CSIRO is showing great
promise as a biological control agent
of Silver leaf whitefly (SLW), a serious
pest in numerous crops and which
rapidly develops resistance to

Achieving sustainable control of SLW
by monitoring parasitoid establishment,
effectiveness, persistence and
developing habitat management
strategies both on and off farm, and to
conserve and increase the population of
the parasitoid over the long term are the
key strategies of the project.

Vegetable growers in silverleaf whitefly
affected production areas in WA, QLD,
NT and NSW could potentially gain
the benefit of a no cost control agent
that will act to suppress silverleaf
                                            Eretmocerus hayati, released by Csiro
whitefly, plus management strategies
to maintain the parasitoid on-farm and
                                            Investigation looked at how the type,        mobile, but more of them arrive faster
                                            number and location of crops that hosts      to a crop if there is a source near by
                                            SLW and parasitoids influence the            (for example within 100m).
                                            process of colonising a new crop and
                                                                                      • SLW quickly find the new seedlings
                                            ultimately the control of SLW.
                                                                                        which means to maintain an IPM
                                            results have shown the following:           program in melons local refuges need
                                                                                        to be established for the parasitoid.
                                            • SLW and the parasitoid,
                                                                                        Also, because SLW is so good at
                                              Eretmocerus hayati, colonise
                                                                                        fast colonisation and across several
                                              seedlings within three days, and
                                                                                        kilometres an area-wide approach
                                              repeatedly during the 14 day period
                                                                                        will be necessary for their long term
                                              of the trial.
                                            • SLW is highly mobile, but their
                                                                                      A final report on this project will be
                                              arrival to a new crop has more to do
                                                                                      available in October 2008.
                                              with the population at the scale of
                                              kilometres, more than the scale of      Project VG06029
                                              a few hundred metres such as the
                                                                                      for more information:
                                              adjacent crop. This means that a
                                                                                      Dr. Paul De Barro
                                              whitefly arriving in your crop could
                                                                                      T 07 3214 2811
                                              have come from a neighbouring
                                              field, but just as easily could have
                                              come from a kilometre or more
Silver Leaf Whitefly adults (top) and                                                 Dr. Nancy Schellhorn
nymphs (bottom) – the stage attached                                                  T 07 3214 2721
by the parasitoid                           •	 Eretmocerus hayati is also highly      E

Grafted watermelon seedlings on selected      Inadequate water supplies prevented many       yield and fruit weight data collated from
rootstocks could provide a solution to a      interested growers participating in the        harvest is being analysed. Preliminary
major industry problem – Fusarium wilt,       trials. In the five months to May five sites   results indicate grafted seedlings are
plus additional agronomic and fruit quality   were planted and in-field measurements         effective in that at least one of the rootstocks
benefits.                                     conducted at 21–23 days and again at           differs with respect to the average yield
                                              40– 50 days; no Fusarium wilt was noted.       tonne/hectare for some trial sites.
Withcott Seedlings has been working
on grafting methods for watermelon            Analysis of stem width data showed             Extremely dry seasonal conditions resulted
focusing on compatibility with a number       significant differences in the stem widths     in a low incidence and level of Fusarium
of rootstocks. This project is an early       of the grafted seedless watermelon             wilt infection compared with other years;
commercialisation of grafted seedless         compared with the control. This                continuation of the trial would therefore
watermelon technology that aims to            suggested that certain grafted seedless        provide a greater understanding and
demonstrate resistance to Fusarium wilt       watermelon rootstocks could have the           representation of Fusarium wilt and the
infections, increased yields, reduced         potential to produce increased yields, and     resistance level of grafted seedless
                                              have reduced affects of cold stress.           watermelon to such diseases.
affects of cold stress and improved quality
of melon for consumers. It aims to provide    Grafted plant roots were consistently          Project VM06002
industry with new seedling products to        whiter and healthier looking through the
increase yield and profitability, reduce      trial. Senescence was less advanced in         for more information contact:
the growing risks from fusarium wilt, and     the grafted plants than in control plants;     Graham erhart, Withcott Seedlings
increase sales of melon through improved      this could indicate an extended harvest        T 07 4630 3372
flavour and texture of freshcut melons.       potential.                                     E

A recently completed project considered       from fungal rots such as Fusarium spp,         adversely affect the quality of the melons
how activating the plant’s natural defence    Rhizopus spp and Alternaria spp. These         in terms of yield, marketability, brix, flesh
systems can contribute to postharvest         chemical ‘activators’ not only help maintain   firmness and colour, and rind colour.
disease control.                              vine vigor and defence against common
                                              preharvest pathogens such as powdery           This research indicates that induced
Foliage diseases and fungal rots are a        and downy mildews, but it was also shown       resistance can be used as part of a
major cause of crop losses in melons.         that preharvest sprays increase the            postharvest disease control strategy.

Current treatments do not provide             shelf life of melon, negating the need for     Ongoing research is focused on how
sufficient protection under high disease      postharvest fungicide dipping.                 induced resistance strategies can
pressure or during prolonged transport of     Preharvest applications of the defence         be incorporated into integrated pest
fruit to market.                              elicitors BTH (Bion®, Syngenta Australia),     management (IPM) programs, such as
                                              reZist® (Stoller Australia), and silica        with generally regarded as safe (GrAS)
Over-use of fungicides has resulted in the
                                              (Silikamajic, Flairform WA), all protected     chemicals, to control postharvest diseases
development of resistance by some major
                                              rockmelon fruit from postharvest disease       of melon.
pathogens. Domestic and international
                                              significantly better than the control
markets are also pressuring growers to                                                       Project VX02030
reduce their reliance on fungicides due to
                                                                                            for more information contact:
health and environmental concerns.            BTH provided a level of postharvest disease
                                                                                            robyn McConchie, The University of
                                              control at least as good as fungicide dipping
This project examined the efficacy of                                                       Sydney
                                              for the major melon diseases.
some natural plant defence activators                                                       T 02 9351 4332
in protecting melons postharvest              The plant defence elicitors did not           E

ACrOSS InDUSTry PrOGrAM 2006/07
The melon industry contributes funding towards an across industry program that addresses issues affecting all of horticulture. Details
of the current program are listed below. A full report of the program can be found at

 Project no title                                                    start     Project    organisation                     Contact
                                                                     Project   Completion
 Outcome 1: Enhance the efficiency, transparency, responsiveness and integrity of the supply chain for the total industry
            to provide clear market signals
AH04006      Horticulture gene technology communication              2004/05   2006/07    Agrifood Awareness Australia     Paula Fitzgerald
                                                                                          Limited                          02 6273 9535
AH04007      Pesticide regulation coordinator                        2004/05   2009/10    AKC Consulting Pty Ltd           Kevin Bodnaruk
                                                                                                                           02 9688 0444
AH04009      Coordination of minor use permits for horticulture      2004/05   2007/08    AgAware Consulting Pty Ltd       Peter Dal Santo
                                                                                                                           03 5439 5916
AH05018      Review of successful consumer satisfaction projects     2005/06   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Sarah Pennell
                                                                                                                           02 8295 2300
AH05019      Levies on imported products                             2005/06   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Richard Bennett
                                                                                                                           03 5825 3753
AH06004      Horticulture Code of Conduct – industry support         2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Council   Kris Newton
             package                                                                                                       02 6273 9600

AH06007      Primary production and processing standards             2006/07   2007/08    Horticulture Australia Limited   Richard Bennett
                                                                                                                           03 5825 3753
AH06012      Evaluation strategies for varieties derived from        2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Marian Sheehan
             Australian breeding projects or imported varieties                                                            02 8295 2300
AH06013      Horticulture for the consumer CrC – business plan       2006/07   2006/07    Australian Institute for         John kapeleris
                                                                                          Commercialisation Ltd            1300 364 739
AH06104      review of project AHO4009 “coordination of minor        2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Peter Scholefield
             use permits for horticulture”                                                                                 08 8373 2488
 Outcome 2: Maximise the health benefits of horticultural products in the eyes of consumers,
            influencers and government
AH06008      Human nutrition needs for horticultural industries      2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Sarah Pennell
             allocation                                                                                                    02 8295 2300
AH06010      Promoting the health advantages of F&V to increase 2006/07        2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Chris Rowley
             their consumption – Phase 2                                                                                   02 8901 0329

 outcome 3: Position horticulture to compete in a globalised environment

AH05003      Coordination of market access for horticulture          2005/06   2006/07    Stephen Winter & Associates      Stephen Winter
             products                                                                     Pty Ltd                          03 9832 0787
AH05024      Fruit fly workshop                                      2005/06   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Brad Wells
                                                                                                                           02 8295 2300
AH05034      Market access support program                           2005/06   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   kim James
                                                                                                                           08 6389 1407
AH06006      Establishment of a pesticide residue task force         2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Brad Wells
                                                                                                                           02 8295 2300
AH06014      Codex attendance 06/07                                  2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Richard Bennett
                                                                                                                           03 5825 3753

 outcome 4: achieve long-term viability and sustainability for australian horticulture

AH05010      rD&e Capability in Horticulture                         2005/06   2006/07    Scholefield robinson             Charles Drew
                                                                                          Horticultural Services Pty Ltd   0407 978 689
AH06003      Horticulture for Tomorrow – Phase II                    2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   Alison Turnbull
                                                                                                                           02 8295 2300
AH06002      IMC Horticulture industry strategic plan contribution   2006/07   2006/07    Horticulture Australia Limited   John Webster
                                                                                                                           02 8295 2300

ACrOSS InDUSTry PrOGrAM 2006/07
 Project no title                                                   start      Project    organisation                      Contact
                                                                    Project    Completion
AH06009      Horticulture Water Initiative Phase 3                  2006/07    2006/07     rMCG                             Anne-Maree Boland
                                                                                                                            1300 306 043
AH06011      Industry development review                            2006/07    2006/07     Richard de Vos                   Richard de Vos
                                                                                                                            02 9973 4507
AH06015      Cooperative venture for capacity building (CVCB)       2006/07    2007/08     Horticulture Australia Limited   Richard Stephens
             membership fees                                                                                                02 8295 2300
AH06016      Human capability – building strategy benchmarking      2006/07    2006/07     Horticulture Australia Council   Kris Newton
             horticulture’s labour and skills needs                                                                         02 6273 9600
AH06019      Australian horticulture’s response to climate change   2006/07    2006/07     Horticulture Australia Limited   Alison Turnbull
             and climate variability                                                                                        02 8295 2300
AH06100      Horticulture data audit                                2006/07    2006/07     AeC Group Limited                Ashley Page
                                                                                                                            07 3831 0577
AH06101      Horticulture data audit associated costs               2006/07    2006/07     Horticulture Australia Limited   Andrew Collins
                                                                                                                            02 8295 2300
AH01015      Key genes for horticultural markets                    2001/02    2006/07     CSIRO Plant Industry             Steve Swain
                                                                                                                            03 5051 3159
AH03002      Area wide management of fruit fly – Central Burnett    2003/04    2006/07     QLD Department of Primary        Annice Lloyd
                                                                                           Industries & Fisheries           07 3896 9366

MeLOn PrOGrAM 2006/07
Project no   title                                               start         Project    organisation                      Contact
                                                                 Project       Completion
VM05004      Consumer Research and Marketing and                 1-Jul-06      1-Sep-07    Horticulture Australia Limited   yelli kruger
             promotions for Melons                                                                                          02 8295 2300
VM05005      Assisting the development of the Australian         1-Dec-05      1-Jan-09    Australian Melon Association     Patrick Logue
             Melon Industry – Phase 2                                                      (AMA)                            07 4153 2555
VM06001      Development of an Integrated Production             1-Jan-07      31-Dec-09   Applied Horticultural            Gordon rogers
             System for Honeydew melons, rockmelons,                                       Research Pty Ltd                 02 9527 0826
             Seedless watermelons and Personal Melons
VM06002      Fusarium Wilt resistant Grafted Seedless            1-Oct-06      15-Apr-08   Withcott Seedlings Pty Ltd       Graham erhart
             Watermelon Regional Trials                                                                                     07 4630 3372
VX00019      Development of a crop management program            1-Jan-01      13-Jan-06   Applied Horticultural            Gordon rogers
             to improve the sugar-content and quality of                                   Research Pty Ltd                 02 9527 0826
VX02026      Improving agronomic management for seedless         1-Nov-02      1-Sep-06    Applied Horticultural            Gordon rogers
             watermelons                                                                   Research Pty Ltd                 02 9527 0826
VX02030      Enhanced disease management in melons               1-Jan-03      31-Dec-05   The University of Sydney         Robyn McConchie
             using natural defense activators                                                                               02 9351 4332
VX04001      Improving melon supply chain handling               1-Sep-04      30-Apr-07   QLD Department of Primary        Scott Ledger
             systems                                                                       Industries & Fisheries           07 3896 9867
VG06029      Release, post-release evaluation and habitat        3-Jul-06      1-Sep-08    CSIRO Entomology                 Paul De Barro
             management of the silverleaf whitefly parasitoid                                                               07 3214 2811

MeLOn InVeSTMenT SUMMAry 2006/07
yeAr enDeD 30 JUne 2007

                                                                 marketing                   r&d                Combined
                                                                 2006/2007              2006/2007               2006/2007

 Funds available 1 July 2006                                                                30,387                  30,387

 Voluntary Contributions Received                                                          487,492                 487,492
 Commonwealth Contributions                                                                444,137                 444,137
 total income                                                           n/a                931,629                 931,629
 Budget                                                                                    575,314                 575,314
 Variance to Budget                                                                        356,315                 356,315

 Program investment
 VC Programs                                                                               792,736                 792,736
 Service Delivery Programs by HAL                                                           95,538                  95,538
 Across Industry Funding                                                                     5,213                    5,213
 total investment                                                       n/a                893,487                 893,487
 Budget                                                                                    575,313                 575,313
 Variance to Budget                                                                      (318,174)                (318,174)

 Annual Surplus/Deficit                                                 N/A                 38,142                  38,142

 Funds available 30 June 2007                                           n/a                 68,529                  68,529

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 australian melon                                                                  information ContaCt:

 eXeCutive team
 mark daunt – Chairman

 leanne mclennan –

 Brad dawson – executive member
                                                                                   Dr Kendle Wilkinson
 Patrick logue – industry                                                          Industry Services Manager
 Development Officer                                                               Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL)

 Ex Officio – Judy Greensill                                                       Suite 329, 433 Logan Road
                                                                                   Stones Corner QLD 4120

                                                                                   T 07 3394 8208

                      horticulture australia limited (hal) level 7, 179 elizabeth street sydney nsw 2000
                                    t 02 8295 2300 f 02 8295 2399

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