Western Australian potato growers have been exposed to dickeya dianthicola that infects crops, making plant growth difficult and the export of produce additionally challenging. The threat is adds to a bad season with regards to biosecurity in WA, with farmers having also been plagued by tomato potato psyllid, which has restricted domestic trade of produce and an in-state glut.
Panama disease tropical race four has caused one farm in Queensland to be quarantined. Panama disease was first detected in the area in March 2015. Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (QLD) that came into force in July 2016, substantial protective restrictions apply to properties with Panama disease, a category one restricted matter. Panama disease can lie dormant yet remain viable in the soil for 40 years. The disease cannot be controlled through chemical fumigation and the strain detected can have a devastating impact on the Australian Cavendish banana industry.
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