Dr Ian Bally is a Senior Principal Research Horticulturalist with the Horticulture and Forestry Science team. He has 40 years’ experience in tropical fruit tree research, specialising in mango. Ian’s research has covered a diverse range of disciplines including, breeding, genomics, plant physiology, nutrition, irrigation, canopy and flowering management, fruit and skin disorders, natural disease defense mechanisms and canopy management. He currently leads the Australian National Mango Breeding Program and the mango component of the Small Tree High Productivity Initiative. In recent years his research has concentrated on improving mango fruit productivity and quality, disease tolerance, lowering tree vigour and developing high density mango orchard systems.