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PIRSA'S only Adelaide Hills research facility
-- instrumental in developing eight cherry
varieties for the national breeding program --
looks set to close.
After 50 years of operation, PIRSA has deemed
the horticultural research facility at Lenswood
Agricultural Centre "surplus to requirements".
A PIRSA spokesperson said activity at the
centre had dropped following the reallocation of
"national research priorities".
Proceeds from the sale of the property have
been flagged to contribute to the construction of
a sterile insect technology facility at Port Augusta
to combat Queensland fruit fly.
Along with cherry industry developments,
the Lenswood centre has conducted vital work
resulting in increased density and yields for
apple orchards, and provided a useful venue for
extension work such as chemical trials.
Trevor Ranford of the Horticultural Coalition of
South Australia said industry was not consulted.
"It would be extremely disappointing (if it were
to close), particularly for horticulture and wine
grapes in the Adelaide Hills climate," he said.
End of an era for Lenswood research
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