Samples collected for isotopic fingerprints
Gubinge trees were tagged and samples of fruit and leaves collected during the harvest season from Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation orchards as well as from Mercedes Cove and sent to Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation ANSTO to develop a unique isotopic fingerprint database. These fingerprints will provide unique elemental and isotopic profiles of not only Mercedes Cove and Mamabulanjin Gubinge fruit, but the data can be used to provide a general Gubinge fingerprint for the Kimberley area. This is the first activity in the Provenance and Traceability project currently being developed by the ILSC Agribusiness, ANSTO and IP Australia.
The sampling process identified pests on a small number of trees which will undergo further investigation. These catepillars targeted specifically new growth leaves.