An extension project based around small groups was conducted with the Northern Territory mango industry from 2012-2015. It involved up to 20 NT mango businesses and affiliated agribusiness services people from two growing regions i.e. Darwin and Katherine. It was conducted around a self-directed experiential learning process where participants in collaboration with research and extension personnel. Specific novel research projects launched from the exercise included: trials to assess the efficacy of foliar calcium application on reducing lenticel spotting and under-skin browning; studies to better understand and affect floral induction; addressing a new unknown problem in mango fruit termed as resin canal discoloration; instigating improvements in harvest maturity technologies; and research to understand the behaviour, ecology and potential mitigation strategies that could be used against large flock incursions of a native waterfowl Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata). There were also a range of shorter-term extension activities undertaken to address grower' needs.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
Hunt, W., Mcconchie, C. A., Healy, M., & Corriveau, A. (2019). An evaluation of small groups serving as an engine room for innovation in the Northern Territory mango industry. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 15(1), 73-80.