RoadCider is a personal long-term genetics project inspired by the highly variable phenotypic expression in the Malus and Pyrus genera, and the loss in biodiversity from roughly 1000 varieties grown in the late 1800s across Australia to around 12 apple and pear varieties grown both commercially and on a large scale in Australia today. Selection for the main apple cultivars grown today has been driven by ease of storage, harvest and transport, at the expense of flavour, texture and unrefrigerated shelf-life.

The first stage of the project (ongoing) involves mapping wild fruit trees across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, documenting their phenotypic traits and maintaining their genetic information by grafting scions from these wild trees onto young rootstock.

The second (and ongoing) stage of the project involved working with heritage apple and pear orchards across NSW to preserve varieties of pome fruit not grown commercially by grafting old species onto new rootstock.

Stage three and four of the project entails obtaining the genetic sequences of heritage and wild cultivars of apple and pears, comparing them to known genotypes, and deciphering which genes may be involved in the expression of desirable fruit traits for novel cider and eating apple cultivar development.

Stage five of the project involves replanting and growing wild and heritage apple and pear cultivars across the country, and the production of vastly superior cider and cider vinegar made from novel and heritage fruit.