Growing Resources & Research Reports

The Australian Melon Association facilitates a research, development and extension program on behalf of all Australian melon growers. Through Horticulture Innovation Australia, the Australian melon industry is able to access matched funding from the Australian Government for all R&D activities.

Tenders are released for projects to meet the strategic goals of the industry. Each project that is submitted is assessed on its benefits to the national industry against the objectives of the Australian Melon Industry Strategic Plan.

Research organisations interested in submitting projects are invited to review the industry annual priorities before submitting a proposal.

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  • Solanum fruit fly

  • Fusarium root rot

  • Food safety for Directors

    Good governance guide for directors, executives and business owners. Written for New Zealand but very applicable to Australia.

  • Watermelon pollinators

  • CGMMV - Improved management options

  • CGMMV factsheets compilation

  • Improved management of bees and CGMMV

  • Improved management for CGMMV

  • What's in the water?

  • Strategy into action for a modern melon industry

  • Rockmelon food safety

  • Postharvest sanitisers and fungicides in a food safety system

  • Overview of the Australian melon industry

  • Integrated management of viruses through vector control

  • Export for Australian melons

  • Detering aphids with millet stubble

  • Characterising Melon necrotic spot virus

  • Farm Biosecurity Planner for the Melon Industry

    Make sure that biosecurity threats are kept at bay on your farm. Templates help you implement a Farm Biosecurity Plan.

  • Export_Melons in Japan

    Toshiya Kobayashi, Euromonitor International discusses the potential for Australian melons in Japan and outlines the requirements of the Japanese melon market.

  • Export_Hort Innnovation

    Michael Rogers outlines the assistance that Hort innovation provides to exporters.

  • Solanum fruit fly

  • Fusarium root rot

  • Farm Biosecurity Planner for the Melon Industry

    Make sure that biosecurity threats are kept at bay on your farm. Templates help you implement a Farm Biosecurity Plan.

  • Food safety update

    Latest information on food safety in fields and melon packing sheds.

  • Sudden wilt and Gummy Stem Blight

    Latest information from Dr Len Tesoriero NSW DPI.

  • Latest information on CGMMV

    Presentation by Dr Denis Persley QDAF to Ayr growers meeting.

  • Main melon varieties in Australia

    Main Australian watermelon, rockmelon (cantaloupe), honeydew melon and other types as at June 2017

  • CGMMV Farm Biosecurity Checklist

    Short checklist to identify where improvements need to be made to on-farm biosecurity and aid in protecting against Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.

  • Farm Biosecurity Planner for CGMMV control

    For growers to plan a specific CGMMV biosecurity for their farm

  • Come clean, go clean

    For contractors to understand the requirements for good on-farm biosecurity

  • Vehicle cleaning factsheet

    how to clean down a vehicle for biosecurity purposes

  • Using compost safely

    This guide describes how fresh produce growers can use compost without affecting their food safety assurance program.

  • Property Management Plan for properties infected with Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

    The Property Management Plan for properties infected with Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus provides information about eradicating CGMMV from the farm.

  • Whitefly viruses in vegetable crops

    Silverleaf whitefly Bemisia tabaci B biotype is a major global pest and is widespread in northern Australia. In addition to direct damage from feeding, this species is the only carrier of begomoviruses which are common and extremely damaging worldwide.

  • Viruses in vegetable crops

    Viruses are a major cause of loss in many Australian vegetable crops. Often the intricate relationships between
    the virus, host plants and the vector, or carrier, create problems in developing effective management systems.
    This reference note provides information on plant viruses and how they are transmitted, and lists viruses of importance to the Australian vegetable industry.

  • Management of aphid transmitted viruses

    The majority of viruses infecting plants are spread by insects, and aphids are the most common group of virus vectors or carriers. All potyviruses (the largest group of plant viruses) are transmitted by aphids.

  • Major melon diseases in Australia

    This publication includes information on a number of significant melon diseases found in Australia and includes images to assist growers recognise their symptoms. Table 1 lists the significant diseases that are an issue for melon production in Australia.

  • Cucurbit viruses

    Describes the main viruses present in Queensland:
    1. Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV)
    2. Watermelon mosaic virus (WMV)
    3. Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV).
    Lists symptoms and control methods.

  • Post-harvest pathology of melons

    Explains some of the post-harvest diseases affecting melons.

  • Post-harvest management of vegetables

    Good post-harvest management extends the time vegetables stay fresh and alive by avoiding damage, limiting water loss and reducing metabolic activity. Poor post-harvest management leads to premature deterioration, and therefore waste and extra costs

  • Come Clean Go Clean

  • Biosecurity disinfectants

  • Melon necrotic spot virus factsheet

    Symptoms and signs of Melon necrotic spot virus on melons

  • Agronomy of rockmelons

    A concise guide to growing rockmelons, focussing on maintaining sugar levels in fruit.

  • Vegetable leaf miner

    Description of vegetable leafminer and the risk it poses to the Australian melon industry.

  • Soil erosion and repairing water storages on farm

    Guide to repairing on farm structures after flood events.

  • Saving energy in cool stores

    Refrigeration is the biggest energy cost for fruit production, storage and packing businesses. On average, 64% of the audited businesses' electricity was consumed by refrigeration, costing $85,000 a year. However, energy efficiency of refrigeration systems can be improved and costs saved.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 9

    Manual update.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 8

    Visual guide to crop stages.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 7

    Contacts and references.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 6

    Problem solver.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 5

    Key issues.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 4

    Growing the crop.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 3

    Frequently asked questions about growing practices.

  • Rockmelon and honeydew information kit Part 2

    Deciding whether melons are the crop to grow.

  • Rind necrosis

    Media article from the United States.

  • Report on Australia's Biosecurity

    Summary of biosecurity status in Australia.

  • Reducing CGMMV infection in Israel

    Dealing with soil infected by CGMMV in greenhouses.

  • Papaya Ring Spot Virus Fact Sheet

    Frequently asked questions about Papaya Ring Spot Virus and the effects on melon production.

  • Monosparascus root rot

    Information about sudden wilt and vine decline caused by Monosparascus.

  • Melon Strategic Agrichemical Review Process

    A review of the crop protectants already used in the melon industry and possible future requirements for managing melon pests & diseases.

  • Melon Industry Biosecurity Plan 2014

    National plan to manage biosecurity issues in the Australian melon industry.

  • Melon Card

    An explanation of the Melon Card, a workplace health & safety program for farm workers.

  • Managing the pressures of farming

    Understanding the pressures on farmers after disasters strike.

  • Managing Pesticide Resistance 2015

    Understanding how pesticides interact and resistant in pests develops.

  • Managing cucurbits during wet weather

    Waterlogged soils are deficient in oxygen as the oxygen between soil particles is replaced by water. Oxygen is essential for healthy root growth and the lack of oxygen in soils over a period of time results in root and eventually plant death. As flood damaged crops may have extensive root death, irrigation timing is vital to recovery and to avoid ongoing plant stress.

  • Lighting in packing sheds

    Lighting is a vital part of packhouse and grading operations. On average, lighting uses 3% of total electricity. Audits identified that whilst there are opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of lighting, savings will be small.

  • How does CGMMV spread

    Examines the mechanism for spread of CGMMV.

  • Horticulture Spray Risk Survey

    Examines the risk of spray drift for horticultural industries. The report found that a key issue that needs to be addressed in many areas is land use planning because urban encroachment into rural areas can have impacts on spraying activities, even if only through perceived risk of chemical exposure and complaints of nuisance from noise and machinery.

  • Guide for Australian exporters

    Step by step guide for exporters of plant products.

  • Fusarium wilt of melons

    Brief explanation of Fusarium Wilt in watermelons.

  • Fungicide rotations for managing phytophthora in watermelons in the US

    Presentation by Dr Shaker Kousik, US Department Agriculture on the latest research in the southern United states.

  • Food Safety - Why food safety is important

    Explains the reasons that food safety is important when producing melons.

  • Food Safety - Waste management

    Maintaining good waste management prevents human health and food safety issues.

  • Food Safety - Sanitising wash water

    Compares different types of sanitising agents including chlorine, ozone, peroxyacetic acid; nylate; stabilised chlorine dioxide; iodine; oxidising water.

  • Food Safety - Packing in the field

    Many watermelons are field packed which avoids issues with wash water but it is important to maintain hygiene in field situations.

  • Food Safety - Packhouse and equipment hygiene

    Maintaining equipment in the packhouse prevents a source for food-borne pathogens to multiply.

  • Food Safety - Monitoring washing water

    How to monitor chlorine levels; pH; water quality and water temperature in wash lines in packhouses.

  • Food Safety - Monitoring chlorine in wash water

    Monitoring systems assist in maintaining the sanitation of wash water to ensure that pathogens are controlled in packhouses.

  • Food Safety - Microbial testing

    When, how and how often should fruit be tested for food-borne pathogens.

  • Food Safety - Melon food safety checklist

    Checklist provides a practical way of understanding the food safety risks on a melon farm.

  • Food Safety - Irrigation water

    The source and quality of irrigation water can impact on the infection levels in fruit.

  • Food Safety - Health and hygiene

    Maintaining high levels of human health and sanitation in the field and packhouses is important to prevent cross contamination from humans to fruit.

  • Food Safety - Foodborne illness

    An explanation of the illnesses caused by pathogenic infection of fresh food.

  • Food Safety - Fertilisers and soil amendments

    Explains the use of organic fertilisers in a food safety program to ensure that these feertilisers do not compromise the food safety of fruit.

  • Food safety - Evaluation of wash chemicals

    Comparison of the available wash systems for melons.

  • Food Safety - Cooling melons

    The best way to cool field heat form melons without creating food safety problems.

  • Food Safety - Comparison of sanitisers

    Table of sanitation systems for melon packhouses that gives easy reference to the benefits of various systems.

  • Food Safety - Comparison of sanitation systems

    Choosing a sanitation system is crucial to preventing food safety issues but which system to choose? This paper discusses the pros and cons of all available sanitation systems.

  • Food Safety - Characteristics of melons

    What makes melons a target for food safety pathogens.

  • Food Safety - Bins and boxes

    Maintaining food safety standards in all packaging and transport containers , both in the field and packhouse.

  • Food Safety - Animal pest management

    Managing pests such as rodents and insects in packing sheds to prevent animal-borne pathogens from affecting melon fruit.

  • Export_Exporting to Middle East and Asia

    An overview of Australia's domestic market and market snapshots of the Middle East, China, South Korea and Japan, examining their domestic markets and vegetable trade with Australia

  • Exotic fruit flies in Torres Strait

    Presentation on different fruit flies that could threaten Australia's horticultural industries.

  • Epidemiology and Management of Whitefly-Transmitted viruses

    Report on meeting to discuss the importance of the begomoviruses which are transmitted by the silverleaf whitefly. This group of viruses is a major threat to Australian vegetable, cotton and grain legume industries.

  • Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed FAQ

    A basic explanation of the Emergency Plant Pest response Deed and what it means to growers.

  • Electricity Tariffs

    Explaining the differences in electricity tariffs.

  • Electricity savings in packing sheds

    Saving costs with grading and packing lines

  • Effect of grafting on quality

    Presentation from the University of Florida

  • Dealing with CGMMV

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • Comparison of farm management software

    Comparison table of farm management software

  • Come clean, go clean

    Guidelines for vehicle washdown in biosecurity situations

  • CGMMV_Symptoms

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV_in_other_fruit

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV_fact_sheet

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV_A seed production and commercial growers guide

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV spread in Israel and the world

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV research in Israel

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • CGMMV in seeds

    Presentation by Dr Aviv Dombrovsky, Volcani institute, Israel

  • Biosecurity guidelines for contractors

    Contractors and their staff have a responsibility to prevent the spread of unwanted pests, such as insects, weeds and diseases when they work on farming properties. Pests can be spread between farming regions or even paddocks, through the movement of machinery, vehicles and staff.
    The following simple guidelines will assist contractors to minimise biosecurity risks when working on farms.

  • Bacterial fruit blotch

    Explains Bacterial Fruit Blotch, symptoms and treatment.