Developing an Australian Date Industry


Outplanting of 8 ‘new to Australia’ date palm genetics, previously imported with funding support from RIRDC: These new varieties will be assessed on a competitive basis with the previously planted varieties in the R&D site. There will be ongoing measuring and monitoring of these new varieties, the aim of this selection trial will be to write a profile on each of these varieties, distinguishing their characteristics and ranking their commercial application, and production of a brief growers' guide. GDDC will also continue its extension and education activities by hosting property visits and doing offfarm presentations.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

Gurra Downs Date Company Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

To ensure the Australian date industry can advance with best possible genetic material (yield, agronomic suitability, marketability) to provide Australian growers with a competitive advantage to that of northern hemisphere producers. To create a date palm headquarters/repository where the wider community can view all aspects of date production. To further promote the Australian date industry, network with existing growers and provide training in various aspects of date palm husbandry.

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Project Start Date

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Project Completion Date

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEPI-Feasibility studies and industry literature reviews