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Diesase threatens growers across New South Wales, Queensland and increasingly Victoria

Expanding crop protection for blueberry rust control on organic farms

Plant Pathologist dr Jay Anderson from the Centre for Organics Research has joined a team of experts to expand the range of crop protectants available to organic blueberry growers for control of blueberry rust disease.

Dr Anderson: “Blueberry rust is a consistent threat for growers across New South Wales, Queensland and increasingly Victoria. The results of this project will benefit all blueberry growers, both conventional and organic.”

The incursion of the disease into Tasmania sparked the project led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). “Blueberry rust can be severe when mild temperatures combine with wet and humid weather. Fruit from affected farms can only be moved under strict protocols to some interstate markets,” TIA Horticulturist, Michele Buntain told scu.edu.au.

“Organic growers make up a significant number of Tasmanian blueberry producers and with the recent arrival of rust they are calling out for more options for control."


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