Xylella fastidiosa is NOT in Australia, but as a result of the devastating impacts in a number of overseas countries, Australia is putting preparation at the top of the priority list for the potential arrival of this exotic plant bacteria.
To safeguard the future of the Australian nursery industry and broader horticultural sectors, it’s vital that we work to build our nation’s capacity and diagnostic capabilities to better prepare and manage the threat of an outbreak of Xylella.
Now known to affect over 560 commercial, ornamental and native plant species in Australia, Xylella has devastating impacts on plants, causing reduced growth, production and plant death.
The most important aspect addressing the impact of Xylella, is to prevent it coming into Australia through our boarder surveillance and quarantine activities. However, here is a snapshot of current initiatives in the nursery industry, as we work to prepare for the management and mitigation of Xylella if it does eventually arrive in Australia.
In a joint initiative earlier this year, Wine Australia and Hort Innovation, appointed Craig Elliott in the role of Xylella coordinator, as part of the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative. More