Australian research finds way to extend mango season
In an effort to extend the mango season, researchers have uncovered the best treatments to bring on early flowering and therefore fruit.

The five-year project, funded by the NT Government and Horticulture Innovation Australia has recently come to an end, identifying the key formulations for successful flower manipulation in the Top End.

Dr Cameron McConchie, who leads the Department of Primary Industries mango agronomy group said the research found climatic conditions were still very much the key to successfully manipulating flowering in mango trees.

"The work has shown that successful manipulation of flowering requires the coincidence of specific stages of tree growth with optimal climatic conditions."

Manipulating flowering in mango trees enables growers to profit from an extended mango season.

"We are trying to spread the season to minimise overlap between Darwin and Katherine production, to spread resources and target the high value end of the market," Dr McConchie said.