Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) infects hundreds of host plants including vegetables, ornamental, grain and weed species. It is also known to infect certain specialty plants causing problems for collectors, e.g. Adeniums. It is spread by aphids feeding on infected plants followed by healthy plants. It takes less than one minute for aphids to acquire the virus and they can immediately spread it to all healthy plants for several hours. It is also spread by propagation material and may also when handling and trimming infected plants followed by healthy plants. More
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Thursday, 29 July 2021
A new national plant biosecurity committee has been formed to drive formal processes which enable plant industries to act collectively on mutual biosecurity opportunities and concerns.
Initiated by Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) and supported through Plant Health Australia’s, Plant Industry Forum, the Plant Industries Biosecurity Committee (PIBC) has been formed to build the collective representative capacity of plant industries in a formal structure from which to engage within Australia’s domestic plant biosecurity system. More
Thursday, 29 July 2021
An update has been made to the Minor Use Permit (MUPs) listing on the Australian Plant Production Standard (APPS) website, to make the format more flexible and searchable for industry.
Managed by Greenlife Industry Australia through the ‘National Biosecurity and Sustainable Plant Production Program’ (NY20001), the website hosts a range of industry technical information resources for nursery levy payers. More
American serpentine leafminer, Liriomyza trifolii, has been found infesting plant hosts in Kununurra, Western Australia in March 2021, and more recently on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Queensland in May 2021.
As a National Priority Plant Pest, the American serpentine leafminer poses a serious threat to Australia’s horticulture, nursery production, and agricultural plant industries. Severe infestations of American serpentine leafminer may result in premature leaf drop, poor growth, and reduced crop yields. More
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
The team at Which Plant Where (WPW) hosted a webinar on 22 June 2021 to discuss how to best plan for urban greenspaces by using heat and drought tolerant plants that will be resilient in predicted warmer, drier climates.
Powdery mildew causes disease on a large number of common nursery stock lines including many vegetable and ornamental species, e.g. tomato, cucurbit crops, rose, begonia, gerbera, zinnia, poinsettia, and many others.
Young new growth or soft, lush foliage tends to be most susceptible. Small white powdery spots occur on most host tissues including upper and lower leaves, stems and fruit. More