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Orchards studied

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June 12, 2018

Intricate work: Researcher Alessio Scalisi uses probes to monitor the water needs of nectarine trees at the research station in Tatura. Picture: DEDJTR, Tatura. Photo: DEDJTR - Tatura

A student from Italy’s University of Palermo completed part of his PhD at a Tatura research station, focusing on the use of leaf and fruit sensors to determine tree-water status.

Alessio Scalisi conducted the research between September last year and April.

Tatura was chosen as his northern Victorian location because of its many orchards.

‘‘I chose to conduct this study in Tatura because it is very well known worldwide for its high-density orchard systems... and the experimental orchards of Agriculture Victoria provided the ideal conditions for this research,’’ he said.

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