Early fruit drop remains a major limitation in the commercial production of mangoes. This project aims to improve understanding of the molecular pathways regulating fruit abscission in mango, particularly the relationship between activation of the abscission zone, hormonal changes and carbohydrate reserves leading to early fruit drop. Increased knowledge of changes in molecular signals that occur during early, mid and/or late fruit drop will enable more targeted application of Plant Growth Regulators (PG Rs). This project will validate the effect of PG Rs on fruit abscission and propose management strategies to minimise early fruit abscission. 

Funding: The project 'Investigating the control of fruit drop in mango to support innovative solutions for Australian growers (MG21004)' is a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Mango Fund. This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the mango research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not­for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture. Sophie Jones is a recipient of an Earmarked scholarship from The University of Queensland. 

Project members

Sophie Jones

PHD candidate
School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability