Philippines' marvellous mangoes
Mangoes are an economically important crop in the Philippines and Australia. In the Philippines, around 860,000 tonnes of mangoes per year are produced from 187,000 hectares, with 73% of farms operated by 2.5 million smallholder farmers. Declining production yields and poor quality of fruit caused by pests and diseases have led to unproductive, poorly nourished trees and high input costs of pesticides. Taking a holistic approach, ACIAR research aims to improve fruit quality through the development and application of integrated crop management.