Durian Germplasm Evaluation

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The project’s results identify seven new clones, evaluated under north Queensland’s wet tropical conditions, offering the best opportunities to existing and future durian growers, to further develop their industry. It is also worth noting that although this project’s RIRDC funding ceased in July 2001, the researchers continued to collect data through to January 2002. This was undertaken to ensure the Australian industry had as much up to date information as possible, including initial yield data, to enable better decision making on the clonal evaluation.

Durian is usually regarded as a tree with a long juvenile period yet some of the new clones are already fruiting for the first time in Australia.

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