Avocados Australia Guacamole 9 August 2019

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Dr Neena Mitter

Australian researchers in world first

The Hass avocado genome has been sequenced, in a world first, multi-nation effort. Neena Mitter, Alice Hayward and Stephen Fletcher from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) contributed to the work shedding light on the origins of the avocado. The research provides vital reference material for learning about the function of individual avocado genes, and for using genetic engineering to boost productivity of avocado trees, improve disease resistance and create fruit with new tastes and textures.

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Avo hand raised in Australia

The growing (but unquantified) instances of people cutting their hands while preparing avocado has been raised in Australia this week. There are some great videos on the Australian Avocados site (click here) showing how to safely cut an avocado. CEO John Tyas says if anyone is concerned, advise them to rest the avocado on a cutting board and move the fruit around a stationery knife, and then remove the seed with a spoon. “We definitely don’t want our avocado lovers injured, so kitchen safety should be top of mind.”

Avocados on the tree

Accurate yield forecasting for tree crops

A grant worth more than $5 million dollars has been awarded to Hort Innovation to continue work in optimising the management of Australian tree crop industries through innovative mapping and monitoring tools. The grant will focus on achieving improved yield forecasting accuracy (pre-harvest), developing tools to improve orchard monitoring and mapping of tree health, fruit quality and maturity, and develop and deliver better detection and strategies to control future biosecurity threats.

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Busting avocado myths

The team at Australian Avocados have been working on putting a few avocado myths to bed, helping consumers make the most out of their beloved avocado. In this piece in Now to Love, the myth busting helps readers learn how to use avocado in desserts, how to best ripen an avocado, and how baby-friendly avocados are. This is part of the current focus on increasing how often our Australian consumers purchase avocados. This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

Find all the 2019 Regional Forum dates in our calendar
Alvin is on the MOVE!!!

We've moved!

Avocados Australia has relocated from Woolloongabba, to the Brisbane Markets. You can now find us at Unit 13, Level 1, in the Fresh Centre at 385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea Queensland 4106. Our new postal address is PO Box 134, Brisbane Markets Q 4106. All other contact details remain the same, and you will still be able to reach the Avocados Australia team at 07 3846 6566.

What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

Missed out on attending the Regional Forums?

The team working on the industry’s current industry development and extension project (AV17005) have collated notes and presentations from the events held so far, and added them to the BPR Library. If you click the Event Proceedings heading you will find meeting minutes and presentations from the Central NSW, Pemberton (WA) and Wanerie (WA) events. This includes the industry updates from CEO John Tyas and presentations on soil health, mulching, fruit quality, canopy management, pruning, nutrition, and soil water monitoring.
The BPR is our free online one-stop-shop to support best practice throughout the Australian avocado supply chains. We encourage all of our stakeholders to register and access this vital resource. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/. 

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Hort Innovation AGM & voting rights. 7/8/19.

Hort Innovation members who pay a statutory or voluntary levy have the right to vote at the organisations AGM. In order to secure voting entitlements, members must first complete an Annual Levy Return form (this process closes on 27 September 2019). The AGM is in Sydney on 22 November. Read more at Hort Innovation.

Plant Health Australia calls for nominations. 7/8/19.

Applications are open for four paid Director positions with PHA. The not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee is the lead national coordinating body for plant biosecurity. Applications close 6 September. Read more on the required expertise and experience on the PHA website here.

Exploring NQ export options. 5/8/19.

A 12-month collaboration involving the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia will identify supply chain gaps and examine value adding and export opportunities for North Queensland producers. Read more in the North Queensland Register.

Hort Connection presentations online. 5/8/19.

Did you miss going to Hort Connections this year? PMA A-NZ has posted five videos from its stream at the horticulture conference. Watch them here.

Australian avocados well-received in Malaysia. 31/7/19.

A Tasty and Nutritious Avocado campaign is underway in Malaysia, promoting Australian avocados under the Taste Australia banner. Read more at Malaysian Foodie.

Defending Australia against Xylella. 31/7/19/

Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium transmitted by common sap-sucking insects such as spittlebugs and sharpshooters, is one of the most harmful plant pathogens worldwide and not yet present in Australia. Read more from Hort Innovation about work to keep it that way.

Tissue culture survey still open

This short 10 minute survey from Central Queensland University will help researchers capture views within the avocado industry about the use of tissue culture technology for propagation. This is part of the 2017-2020 Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships: Avocado Tissue Culture-From Lab to Orchard project, with University of Queensland. Take the survey.


Chile expects export increase. 8/8/19.

While no official figures have been released, the country’s Hass Avocado Committee expects to exceed last year’s 210,000t of exported avocados. Read more in FreshPlaza.

China boosts avocado imports. 7/8/19.

China only imported 31.8 tons of avocado in 2011, but in 2017 it imported more than 30,000 tons, an increase of more than 1,000 times, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US: promotion pays off for growers. 7/8/19.

Hass avocado promotion programs pay off handsomely for California producers and importers, according to a UC Davis study. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Chile avocado region in drought. 2/8/19.

One of Chile’s avocado growing regions, Coquimbo, has been declared as an agricultural emergency, because of water shortages. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Colombia gains access to China & Japan. 31/7/19.

The Colombian Hass avocado industry now has access to both the Chinese and Japanese markets. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Mockamole” is appearing in the US and Mexico, because of avocado costs; bears love avocados, apparently; Madrid is the latest EU city to have an avocado-themed restaurant; you can now buy an avocado toast purse; in the US, you can buy a giant avocado pool float (with removable “pit” beach ball no less); the British army now has smashed avo on the snack menu; a UK supermarket is already showcasing its Christmas avocado-shaped chocolates; and Peru won the first World Avocado Cup yacht race.


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Will we see you in Tristate?

The agenda for the 14 August 2019 regional forum at Renmark in the Tristate has been released. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) invite all growers and interested stakeholders to an Avocado Regional Forum to hear the latest industry and research updates, and presentations on Plant Growth Regulants (PGRs). You can find the agenda via our events calendar.


North Queensland agenda is live

The next Regional Forum in North Queensland will be held at the Mareeba Leagues Club on 28 August, including sessions on soil health and mulching and an orchard walk. For more information, check out our events calendar.



14 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
14 Aug – Fresh Produce Safety Centre 2019 Conference, Sydney NSW
28 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, North Qld (QDAF, Avocados Australia)
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong
9-10 Spt – China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair, Beijing 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia

24-25 Oct – Avocado SIAP meeting, Brisbane

11-13 Nov – TropAg2019, Brisbane Q
22 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM, Sydney NSW

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

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Guacamole has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.