Varieties and rootstocks

Our industry approach

Being able to produce consistently high quality almonds is essential in maintaining the reputation and competitiveness of Australian almond growers in the global market. Having access to new planting material with desirable marketing qualities will assist growers in coping with seasonal challenges such as climate change; reduced reliance on chemical inputs for pest and disease control; and increased pollination efficiency. Australian almond growers are keen to find new varieties as an alternative to the industry mainstay Nonpareil. From 2016 to 2019 new varieties accounted for 1,709 hectares or 12.5% of the 13,702 hectares planted. This uptake has been aided by the commercialisation of six new varieties through the Australian almond breeding program.