Applethorpe Research Facility

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Researchers inspecting apple crops

Applethorpe Research Facility is 32 ha site located on the granite belt of Southern Queensland. It enables research, development and extension of temperate horticultural and field crops across a broad range of species and commodities, and maintains the genetic material for table grapes and the national breeding programs for apples and stone fruit industries.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Evaluation of apple germplasm
  • Evaluation of apple high productivity production systems
  • Climate change impacts on some fruits
  • Pest and disease diagnostic services

Facilities and major equipment

  • 32 Ha site on acidic sandy podzol of granite origin
  • Onsite administration buiding with conference room
  • Research laboratories, glasshouses and cold rooms
  • Sheds including mechanical workshop, prepartion rooms and chemical stores
  • Plant and equipment to support research activity

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


New England Highway,, Applethorpe QLD 4378

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Partner

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