NT mango research hits the national stage

Northern Territory (NT) mango research had a strong presence at the 11th Australian Mango Conference in Bowen, north Queensland last week.

Three Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) researchers presented over the three days of the conference. The department also had an exhibition booth where conference attendees could access information about how the NT Government is supporting and developing the mango industry.

More than 200 growers, investors, suppliers, retailers, researchers and government and industry body representatives attended the conference.

Mangoes are an important contributor to the NT economy, with more than 6,500ha of mango orchards producing about four million trays, or 32,000 tonnes, of mangoes each year valued at more than $70 million.

Presentations from DPIR researchers included:

  • Dr Brian Thistleton – Mangoes as a conditional non-host of fruit flies
  • Dr Mila Bristow with University of New England’s Associate Professor Andrew Robson, and Central Queensland University’s Professor Kerry Walsh – measuring yield and maturity
  • Dr Bristow and Dr Tony Asis – the role of nitrogen in mango production
  • Dr Cameron McConchie – managing mango flowering

Stacey Cook, a PhD student at the University of Queensland who is currently being hosted by DPIR, also presented research on the genetic and physiological regulation of flowering in mango.

The 11th Australian Mango Conference was held between 2 and 5 May 2017.Read more about themango industry in the NT

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Stacey Cook and Dr Mila Bristow talking to conference attendees
Stacey Cook and Dr Mila Bristow talking to conference attendees