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Estimating production costs and profitability of strawberry genotypes in southeast Queensland using plant traits

Herrington, M.E. and Wegener, M. and Hardner, C. and Woolcock, L.L. and Dieters, M.J. (2016) Estimating production costs and profitability of strawberry genotypes in southeast Queensland using plant traits. Acta Horticulturae (1117). pp. 303-308. ISSN 0567-7572

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1117.49

Abstract

In Queensland the subtropical strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa) breeding program aims to combine traits into new genotypes that increase production efficiency. The contribution of individual plant traits to cost and income under subtropical Queensland conditions has been investigated. The study adapted knowledge of traits and the production and marketing system to assess the economic impact (gross margin) of new cultivars on the system, with the overall goal of improving the profitability of the industry through the release of new strawberry cultivars. Genotypes varied widely in their effect on gross margin, from 48% above to 10% below the base value. The advantage of a new genotype was also affected by the proportion of total area allocated to the new genotype. The largest difference in gross margin between that at optimum allocation (8% increase in gross margin) and an all of industry allocation (20% decrease in gross margin) of area to the genotype was 28%. While in other cases the all of industry allocation was also the optimum allocation, with one genotype giving a 48% benefit in gross margin.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Subjects:Science > Botany > Genetics
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Berries and small fruits
Deposited On:30 May 2016 05:23
Last Modified:30 May 2016 05:23

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