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WTFRC / 2018 Apple Horticulture and Postharvest Research Review

Request for proposals 2018: Apple Horticulture and Postharvest

The following areas have been identified by the WTFRC Apple Horticulture and Postharvest advisory committee as the highest priorities for research needs for 2018.


1) Pre-proposal are due at the ARC by October 30, 2017 at 4:00pm.  ARC will forward all pre-proposals to WTFRC by the deadline date of November 2, 2017 at 5:00pm.

Send your pre-proposal(s) to Katy Roberts via email at  NOTE: All submissions must be submitted using the “Pre-proposal form” which can be found on WTFRC website at  Complete the required information and submit to me by the deadline date.


2) Pre-proposal approval notification(s) will be sent by November 20, 2017. Note: pre-proposal submissions are for new proposals only. Continuing and final reports do not require pre-proposal submission.


3) Approved new proposals and continuing proposals are due at ARC by December 22, 2017 due to the University closure during the holiday season. Send them to Katy Roberts electronically at NOTE: Have your budgets approved before submitting your proposal to ARC.

Approved new proposals and continuing proposals are due at WTFRC by 5 PM on January 4, 2018. NOTE: ARC will be submitting the proposals to WTFRC. Please check out WTFRC website for the latest forms.

4) The Apple Horticulture and Postharvest Research Review will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Pasco, January 24-25, 2018.


Top priority

Labor, alternatives to labor and mechanization
Environmental stress and water relationships
Holistic approach to food safety and sanitation
Soil and rhizosphere ecology
Fruit pathogens
Organic systems (managing organic soils and production)
WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp™): achieving sustainable production and consistent fruit quality


Medium priority

Improved scion and rootstock genetics
Systems approach for controlling bitterpit and calcium related disorders
Fireblight control with alternatives to antibiotics
Crop load management
Orchard infrastructure engineering


If you have questions, please contact:

General questions: Kathy Coffey (
Technical questions: Ines Hanrahan (