Xylella fastidiosa is Australia’s number one national priority plant pest. It is a bacterial pathogen that can cause disease on many host plants, most notably Pierce’s disease on grapevine. It is known to infect hundreds of host plant species across nearly 100 families and is recognised as priority pests for a number of industries in Australia including production nurseries, cherries, citrus, tree nuts, summerfruit, viticulture and others. More
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The ‘Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry’ (NY15002) project concluded at the end of 2020.
Led by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), this project worked to enhance biosecurity preparedness for Australia’s production nursery industry, by facilitating the development of online resources to assist growers in the management of common pests and diseases, and the delivery of face-to-face workshops and diagnostic capacity.
First detected infesting Far North Queensland in February 2020 fall armyworm has now been found across several Australian states and territories including, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, cementing itself as a non-eradicable pest.
Affecting the leaves, stems, and fruits of plants, the fall armyworm reduces production outputs and Australian production nurseries overall financial return. Since 2020, the rapid rise in numbers has signified a major threat to existing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices adopted across the horticultural sector.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
The Nursery Strategic Investment Plan outlines a 4% per year growth ambition but this goal will only be achievable by truly understanding the customer attitudes and behaviour to allocate marketing resources effectively.
That’s where a new levy funded project ‘Nursery Consumer Usage & Attitudes’ (NY20002), comes in. More
Friday, 12 March 2021
Facing floods, bushfires, and prolonged drought in recent years, it’s evident that Australia’s nursery industry needs to be prepared and well equipped to readily respond and implement natural disaster risk mitigation plans.
The levy-funded project, ‘Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan’ (NY18008), provides production nurseries with support resources and a business impact analysis to improve management of natural disasters. More
Edema is not actually a pest or pathogen. It is a non-pathogenic, physiological disorder that is often mistaken for a leaf spot disease. It results when roots take up water faster than it can be used by the plant or transpired through the leaves. This results in the epidermal cells swelling and eventually collapsing.
Symptoms can include brown or tan wart-like, corky growths that harden and darken with age. Some plants develop water soaked lesions, or fluid filled blisters. The exact symptoms vary with plant species, growing conditions and the tenderness of plant tissue. Most often symptoms occur on leaves and can also occur on stems with severe cases. More