Genetic and agronomic improvement of quandong

  • 28 pages

  • Published: 1 Oct 2003

  • Author(s): Lethbridge, Ben, Randell, Barbara

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The quandong industry is moving from wild-picked to orchard derived fruit with selected varieties. Development of the native Australian quandong to a well managed orchard tree still requires much research – its unusual parasitic habit, in particular, seems unique amongst horticultural fruit crops.
A better understanding of orchard management and production systems will be critical to industry success. Research into genetics, agronomy, orchard management, harvesting and post harvest handling of the product is all necessary.
This publication discusses some innovative projects addressing some of these aspects of quandong production. This research will help speed the development of this unique Australian native food.