Applethorpe research facility
|Research facility name||Applethorpe Research Facility (Granite Belt)|
|Research facility address||New England Highway, Applethorpe QLD 4378|
|Telephone||+61 7 4542 6700|
|Coordinates (GPS at office)||28°37'20''S, 151°57'00''E|
|Climate||Annual average rainfall 761mm|
Maximum temperature 20.8°C
Minimum temperature 9.0°C
|Topography||Undulating to rolling granite hills and ridges, average slope 2-5%, and rocky outcrops common.|
The Applethorpe Research Facility is the only temperate fruit and vegetable research facility in Queensland. It supports horticulture production with a value exceeding $180 million in areas from Stanthorpe to Charters Towers. It holds and maintains the genetic material for wine and table grapes and the national breeding program for the apple industry, which are at the stage of commercial variety release. The facility also has a sustainable irrigation water supply, as well as 6 hectares (ha) of hail and insect pest exclusion netting.
The 32ha facility located near the township of Applethorpe on the granite belt provides opportunity for research, development and extension (RD&E) to be undertaken in many aspects of temperate horticultural and field crops across a broad range of species and commodities.
The site has built facilities including an administration office with accommodation for 33 staff, conference and meeting rooms. General storage and machinery sheds and purpose built mechanical workshop and chemical store.
The site has a wide range of plant and equipment including tractors, trucks, sprayers and cultivators required to support research and grow a range of horticultural crops.
- 3 glasshouses with solar, in-floor heating, and split system air conditioning
- 6 cold rooms suitable for fruit storage
Laboratories, processing facilities and conference room
- Specialised laboratories set up for plant pathology and fruit research
- Conference room that seats 35
- Pumping and irrigation: The site has three dams and an irrigation pipe network to most areas of the farm
- Water storage: three dams
Specialised plant and equipment
Precision planters and plot harvesters
- Fertiliser applicators
- Specialised narrow orchard tractors
Pest and pathogen control
- Specialised orchard sprayers and herbicide sprayers
- 1 x 2 tonne tip truck
- Apple physiology
- Strawberry agronomy
- Stone fruit breeding
- Table grapes