Banana freckle detected at 13 sites in Northern Territory’s Top End

There are now 12 infected premises in the Batchelor-Rum Jungle region. Late last week, banana freckle was confirmed on a single leaf on a single plant in a secure area of a government research facility in the Middle Point area. Additional testing is underway on banana trees surrounding the plant with the initial infection. All banana trees at the site will be destroyed and disposed of on the property.

Banana freckle is a fungal disease of banana leaves and fruit. There is no risk to human health from eating affected bananas. Landowners of IPs have been notified that they are not allowed to move plant products, material or equipment from the property to help stop the spread of the disease.


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