Plant industry trials
The Plant Industries branch works in partnership with industry to develop the agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors.
The following information is a summary of current partnerships and research activities.
Most of northern Australia’s land and water resources have not been mapped in sufficient detail to support reliable resource allocation or to mitigate investment or environmental risks. The team is part of a collaborative project to produce information to enable private investment and government spending on development to be soundly targeted and designed, and to ensure that net sustainable development benefits are maximised.
This project aims to evaluate the performance of fruit trees suited to the Central Australian environment, including pistachio, date palm, pomegranate and fig.
Data produced in this project will generate free mapping products that are fundamentally important to farmers, industry groups, developers and many others. The team is part of the first major update to the Territory's land use maps in over 10 years, it will identify how much land, and which areas are devoted to all land uses. The output will facilitate better biosecurity risk management and emergency disease preparedness, inform decisions about regional development.
Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response Map
The Queensland Department of Science and Environment released the Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response App in November 2017. The app identifies the location of all mango, macadamia and avocado in Australia and provides the relevant industry bodies and government agencies a powerful tool for responding to biosecurity outbreaks and for post-disaster monitoring.
Land use maps for the Northern Territory
Updated land use maps covering the Northern Territory's 1.35 million square kilometres are available.
The maps will assist the agricultural sector make informed decisions about what crops to grow, where to grow them, and the availability of water. The maps detail how much land, and which areas, are devoted to horticulture, urban areas, Aboriginal uses, forestry, animal industries and more.
Maps are available at the at the NRMaps web portal.
- Land use mapping? There’s an app for that (2017) - Top Paddock
- Remote sensing and mango variability project to benefit NT industry (2018) - Top Paddock
Research on the management of the giant northern termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis) and other termites attacking horticultural and forest crops in Northern Territory.
- Northern Territory Government website:
- YouTube channel
- NT Insects database
In 2000, community consultation in Alice Springs established that there was considerable support for beneficial reuse of treated wastewater. Today, the ‘Water Reuse in the Alice’ project delivers those benefits through an innovative Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT) system. The 30 hectares of horticultural land at the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) benefits from this leading-edge water recycling project.
More growing advice and other information is available on the following websites:
Last updated: 15 December 2021
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